For years we have been told to make lists and obsessively monitor when we’re angry, what we eat, how much we worry, and how often we go to the gym. So why isn’t everyone healthy? Now based on the most extensive study of long life ever conducted The Longevity Project reveals what really matters across the long run—the personality traits, relationships, experiences, and career paths that naturally keep you vital. Gathering key new information and using modern research methods to study 1,500 Californians across eight decades, health scientists Dr. Howard S. Friedman and Dr. Leslie R. Martin bust many old dead-end myths. For instance,
With self-tests that illuminate your own best paths to longer life, and a deeper scientific understanding than we have seen before of the true causes of long-term health, this audio book will change the conversation about what it really takes to optimize your chances for a long, healthy life.
©2011 Howard S. Friedman, Leslie R. Martin (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
Overall, I recommend this listen. If you got here, you have some interest in the topic, so its worth it to go all the way and order it. Some dry spots, and dry case studies, but overall good info spread across the book. You'll get your first longevity key earlier on, and a good summary at the end. This description, summary, and modern update comment, to the previous 'longevity study' has some surprising outcomes. Now this book doesn't tell you how to go about changing yourself to be like the personality types that did the best (lived longest). That would take several other guides and a lot of effort. But this book does tell you the types and behaviors of those people that lived longer. Its always up to you to make changes accordingly. The book makes some suggestions for society and hopes that lessons learned will be incorporated, but I wouldn't wait for the outside world to do that. There is enough in this guide to help you in a more correct path to living longer. And the common pitfalls of incorrect thinking and info you think you already have. Plus its interesting. I'll wait a week or so then replay the summary. Go for it.
The author has so many contradictions; I begin to wonder if he was confused himself. The only consistent thing I the book was that people who are congruent lives longer. I am convinced this is the point the author was trying to make as every other idea and study mentioned was either contradictory or confusing.
It can be hard to make medical studies sound interesting, but through the combination of personal stories and scientific hypotheses and conclusions, this book was very engaging from start to finish. What I found especially good was the telling of how the researchers went through the data.
"Interesting, but unconvincing"
An interesting study that takes a look at 1500 individuals from roughly 1920, when they were children, to their death and compares what is known of their life style, including reports about their character and achievement by parents and teachers, with their life span, attempting to establish a connection between longevity and lifestyle. I found that the aspects looked at were incomplete - one finally does not know that much about the subjects - and I was not convinced by the conclusions. One is left with the impression that the life span of these men and women was mostly due to chance or genes and not, as the authors argue, to "conscientiousness" or being part of a close-knit community.
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