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Everyone wants to live a long and prosperous life Some people desireto discover a Fountain of Youth that will enable them to liveforever Others simply wish to live a healthy life filled with happinessand accomplishments I for one as well as the authors for TheLongevity Project identify with the latter The writers of this bookrecount their years of research and information by revealing astonishingevidence regarding longevity In The Longevity Project by Howard SFieldman and Leslie R Martin the authors doubt the accuracy of theprior beliefs about health and longevity they believe the best way toavoid research traps and biases is to study the individuals for theirentire life to find out who lives the longest and why-and that is whatthey have done in this book Contrary to my personal belief and evensocietys common beliefs being more sociable and cheerful does notnecessarily award one longevity- just like being stressed and anxiousdoes not lead one to a shorter life While most people tend to believe that sociability and extroversion aredesirable traits that are connected to being healthy and living longerlives it turns out it is not the case While reading this book andseeing this passage I was completely taken back In America where weas a society value extroverts more than introverts and witness theconstant promotions in the media on social people being more healthier-this surely is a controversial discovery The authors state that socialties can lead to one of two ways sometimes healthy and sometimesharmful It can be helpful when I am facing a difficult situation and inneed of some guidance and support however it can also be harmful whentheir advice is not welcomed Further in depth in the chapter DrTerman looked for the qualities that distinguished participants who werescientists from those who were businessmen This detail is significantand personal to me because I want to be a businessman Terman concludedthat the scientists outlived the nonscientists 25 In all honestyI was more stunned than upset when reading this
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