New book gives groundbreaking look at health and longevity

It is not those that are happy go lucky that always thrive it is the persistent and prudent that flourish over time. A new book has groundbreaking findings challenging all there is to know about having a long life.

Many have told us that the key to a long life is obsessing about what we eat, how fast we run and how much we stress. The Longevity Project, based the longest ever study of longevity ever, exposes what it is that really impacts the length of our lifespan – including family, friends, work and personality.

For the first time the general public has been shown these findings of this incredible decades long study that started early in the 1920s.

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

By Howard S. Friedman, PhD and Leslie R. Martin, PhD

Published by Hay House, 4th July 2011, £10.99 pb

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
– 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.

Howard S. Friedman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California in Riverside, California. For three decades, Professor Friedman has studied personality predictors of longevity, developing a scientific understanding of the ‘disease-prone personality’ and the ‘self-healing personality.’ Leslie R. Martin is Professor of Psychology at La Sierra University in California.