The Longevity Project Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2/28/2012
  • Publisher: Plume

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"An extraordinary eighty-year study has led to some unexpected discoveries about long life." - O, The Oprah Magazine For years we have been told to 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? Drawing from the most extensive study of long life ever conducted, The Longevity Projectbusts many long- held myths, revealing how: * Many of those who worked the hardest actually lived the longest * Getting married is not a magic ticket to good health * It's not the happy-go-lucky who thrive-it's the prudent and persistent With self-tests that illuminate your own best paths to longer life, this book changes the conversation about what it really takes to achieve a long, healthy life.

Author Biography

Dr. Howard Friedman is Distinguished Professor at the University of California in Riverside. He is the recipient of two major career awards for his health psychology research. In 1999, he received the Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; and in 2008, he was honored with the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), an international award and the most prestigious in his field of applied research.

Dr. Leslie Martin is Professor of Psychology at La Sierra University, and Research Psychologist at UC Riverside. She graduated summa cum laude from the California State University and received her Ph.D. from the University of California in Riverside. She has received the Distinguished Researcher Award, and the Anderson Award for Excellence in Teaching, both at La Sierra University. Former department chair, Dr. Martin has also received awards for outstanding advising and for service learning. In addition to her research on pathways to health and longevity, she studies physician-patient communication and its relationship to medical outcomes and has lectured widely on these topics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Breakthrough Studies of a Lifetimep. ix
Personality and Long Life: Who Stays Well?p. 1
Long Live the Prudent and Persistentp. 9
Friendly and Convivial: Healthy or Trivial?p. 23
Happiness and Health? A Cheery Conundrump. 33
Catastrophic Thinking: The Fates of Chicken Littlesp. 49
Childhood and School Days: Head Start, Early Finishp. 67
Parental Divorce: Some Were Resilientp. 79
Running for Their Lives: Jocks vs. Nerdsp. 93
To Sickness or to Health? Love, Marriage, and Divorcep. 111
Careers, Success, and Satisfaction: Thriving and Survivingp. 129
Long Life Meets the Afterlife: Religion and Healthp. 149
Confidants, Networks, and the Power of Social Lifep. 159
The Gender Gap in Long Lifep. 169
The Toll of War and Trauma: Why Some Thrivep. 185
Individual Paths to Health and Long Life (and Why WeWon't Take Polypills)p. 201
Epilogue: Long Life and Public Health: Looking Ahead to What Society Should Dop. 217
Acknowledgmentsp. 223
Research Collaboratorsp. 225
Notesp. 229
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