The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade S tudy (英語) ハードカバー – 2011/3/3
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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.
"The Longevity Project uses one of the most famous studies in psychology to answer the question of who lives longestand why. The answers will surprise you. This is an importantand deeply fascinatingbook."
As some have pointed out, the authors can be imprecise, e.g. "lots" of folks showed this behavior. Well, what's lots? On the other hand it's not a scientific report. Maybe we don't need to know that 49.8% of the people did or did not do this.
But I only gave the book four stars because in quite a few cases I wanted to know a little more about how they drew their conclusions. Once you think you have the answer it's tempting to look for that answer in further data and it seemed like they did that. So I would have liked a little more rigor in the analysis.
But I'd buy the book again and would recommend it. Too many books on longevity focus on lists of stuff to do or not do. Or they are heavily pitched toward diet or perhaps exercise and not other issues like social networks. There are a lot of topics discussed here. And they ARE discussed. They don't just SAY it's better to be happily married, they actually discuss it. And why and why it isn't necessarily so.
So why publish it? The name Terman is what attracted me..Terman's gifted children.....I guess "qualified" I.Q. -wise but a generation later than his study...
I will finish it and see if any useful conclusions are drawn in the end..
(Later) I have now finished the book. It keeps repeating itself but comes to some obvious conclusions: people with a "right" attitude tend to live longest. i.e., everything in moderation, have a STRONG social network and work satisfaction, give back to society, etc.
Only surprise was that children who start formal schooling extra early tend not to live as long(!)
I would say the conclusions mirrored the general values of the early forties and fifties about "well-rounded" people in stable social situations.....nothing really new here...... a real prejudice toward divorce and lack of conformity. The long-lived people were always CONSCIENTIOUS, they say!!
In closing,"... people on these long-life paths reflect an active pursuit of goals, a deep satisfaction with life, and a strong sense of accomplishment."
WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED?