The Longevity Project by Howard S. Friedman
Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study

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This landmark study--which Dr. Andrew Weil calls "a remarkable achievement with surprising conclusions"--upends the advice we have been told about how to live to a healthy old age.

We have been told that the key to longevity involves obsessing over what we eat, how much we stress, and how fast we run. Based on the most extensive study of longevity ever conducted, The Longevity Project exposes what really impacts our lifespan-including friends, family, personality, and work.

Gathering new information and using modern statistics to study participants across eight decades, Dr. Howard Friedman and Dr. Leslie Martin bust myths about achieving health and long life. For example, people do not die from working long hours at a challenging job- many who worked the hardest lived the longest. Getting and staying married is not the magic ticket to long life, especially if you're a woman. And it's not the happy-go-lucky ones who thrive-it's the prudent and persistent who flourish through the years.

With questionnaires that help you determine where you are heading on the longevity spectrum and advice about how to stay healthy, this book changes the conversation about living a long, healthy life.

 

About Howard S. Friedman

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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.
 
Published March 3, 2011 by Plume. 273 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In 1990, Dr. Friedman and Leslie Martin, his graduate student at the time, realized that an invaluable resource for studying well-being and longevity existed right in their own state of California.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this illuminating addition to the burgeoning bookshelf on longevity, UC-Riverside health researchers Friedman and Martin draw on an eight-decade-long Stanford University study of 1,500 people to find surprising lessons about who lives a long, healthy life and why.

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BC Books

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most of the things we assume will help us live longer (like early education, early retirement marriage, and lots of laughter) really do not and many of the things we wish we could live without (job stress, deadlines, and unhappiness) seem to go along with a longer life span.

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The Wall Street Journal

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With its relatively small sample and retrospective design, it hardly reaches the level of large population-based scientific investigations like the Framingham Heart Study, which followed thousands of participants for decades to identify common factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease, or...

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The Wall Street Journal

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With its relatively small sample and retrospective design, it hardly reaches the level of large population-based scientific investigations like the Framingham Heart Study, which followed thousands of participants for decades to identify common factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease, ...

Mar 09 2011 | Read Full Review of The Longevity Project: Surpri...

Suite 101

Call it what you will Gonorrhoea or the clap its incidence is increasing and becoming resistant to antibiotics.

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Seattle PI

most of the things we assume will help us live longer (like early education, early retirement marriage, and lots of laughter) really do not and many of the things we wish we could live without (job stress, deadlines, and unhappiness) seem to go along with a longer life span.

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Huntington News

'The Longevity Project', which I reviewed in the Hudson Street hardback edition last year, relies on data from a study conducted many decades ago by controversial Stanford professor Lewis Terman.

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With questionnaires that help you determine where you are heading on the longevity spectrum and advice about how to stay healthy, this book changes the conversation about living a long, healthy life.

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Spirituality & Practice

Friedman and Martin report on many other fascinating findings along with the self-assessment quizzes throughout the book: the results of catastrophic thinking and worrying all the time, the life spans of married people, the effects of divorce on the health of men and women, the role of religion, ...

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