Longevity Project Breaks With Conventional Wisdom

According to a more than 80-year-long study first initiated by Stanford University psychologist Lewis Terman in 1921, much of the conventional wisdom on longevity is wrong. The Longevity Project, a book by authors Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin, examines the results of the study, which followed 1,500 Californians over eight decades. Their findings include serious people live longer than the cheerful, some stress can be good for you, exercise regimens are less beneficial than staying active doing something you enjoy, and divorce is more detrimental than having a parent die early in life. Co-author Leslie Martin said the most surprising result was that optimistic people lived shorter lives. According to Martin, overly optimistic people aren’t as careful and risk-adverse as more serious individuals, which may explain the results. More here and here.

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1 Response to Longevity Project Breaks With Conventional Wisdom

  1. Yes, and the book also has self-assessment quizzes you can try out to see your trajectory. For more information about The Longevity Project and to read the Introduction (free), go to The Longevity Project
    http://www.howardsfriedman.com/longevityproject/

    There is also a Facebook page with lots of discussion about The Longevity Project.

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