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

ISBN-10: 0452297702
ISBN-13: 9780452297708
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Description: "An extraordinary eighty-year study has led to some unexpected discoveries about long life." -O, The Oprah MagazineFor 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.  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

"An extraordinary eighty-year study has led to some unexpected discoveries about long life." -O, The Oprah MagazineFor 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.

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.

Introduction: The Breakthrough Studies of a Lifetime
Personality and Long Life: Who Stays Well?
Long Live the Prudent and Persistent
Friendly and Convivial: Healthy or Trivial?
Happiness and Health? A Cheery Conundrum
Catastrophic Thinking: The Fates of Chicken Littles
Childhood and School Days: Head Start, Early Finish
Parental Divorce: Some Were Resilient
Running for Their Lives: Jocks vs. Nerds
To Sickness or to Health? Love, Marriage, and Divorce
Careers, Success, and Satisfaction: Thriving and Surviving
Long Life Meets the Afterlife: Religion and Health
Confidants, Networks, and the Power of Social Life
The Gender Gap in Long Life
The Toll of War and Trauma: Why Some Thrive
Individual Paths to Health and Long Life (and Why WeWon't Take Polypills)
Epilogue: Long Life and Public Health: Looking Ahead to What Society Should Do
Acknowledgments
Research Collaborators
Notes

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