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The Longevity Project
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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.

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"A compelling and objective assessment of character traits associated with longevity. Only a handful of studies in this field last long enough to give meaningful results, and even fewer remain significant after their primary investigators have passed away. Friedman and Martin have resurrected a remarkable achievement with surprising conclusions. I learned a lot from this book."
-Andrew Weil, M.D.
""The Longevity Project" uses one of the most famous studies in psychology to answer the question of who lives longest--and why. The answers will surprise you. This is an important--and deeply fascinating-- book."
-Malcolm Gladwell
"Incredibly, no one until now has chronicled and interpreted the findings from the monumental almost century-long longevity project for the general public. Is living a long life associated with being married, daily jogs, having a pet, or faith in God? At last, with lucid prose and rigorous yet crystal clear analysis, Professor Friedman an
"How best to ensure a long life? You're probably familiar with the traditional recipes: Vigorous exercise, married life and a healthy balance of work and play, among other ingredients, help us stay young. But in a new book, "The Longevity Project, " university professors Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin explain why many of these common beliefs are "ill-advised or simply wrong." Analyzing data collected from a starting group of 1,500 individuals over the course of 80 years, the authors explain why a host of factors-including "persistence, prudence...and close involvement with friends and communities"-can improve health and longevity. An absorbing and invaluable read."
-"The Wall Street Journal"
"A compelling and objective assessment of character traits associated with longevity. Only a handful of studies in this field last long enough to give meaningful results, and even fewer remain significant after their primary investigators have passed away. Friedman and Martin
""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."
Malcolm Gladwell"

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