University of California researchers Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin offer a few hints about why some people live so long in their 2011 book:
The Longevity Project:
Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life.
"Having a large social network, engaging in physical activities that naturally draw you in, giving back to your community, enjoying and thriving in your career and nurturing a healthy marriage or close friendships can do more than add many years to your life," they write.
"Together, they represent the living with purpose that comes from working hard, reaching out to others and bouncing back from difficult times."
"An extraordinary eighty-year study has led to some unexpected discoveries about long life.
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 Project busts 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."
Watch a Fox News segment on The Longevity Project . 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.