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  • Live Longer and Better: What You Need to Do

    October 13, 2018

    Over a series of recent blogs, I talked about some basic lifestyle factors that help determine your health span. Health span means how long you live with good health, and I think it is perhaps even more important than lifespan (how long you live).

  • Living Well: Rule #5

    October 6, 2018

    Bad coping behaviors, like pouting and blaming others, sooth bad feelings in the short term but wreak havoc in the long term.

  • Living Well: Rule #4

    October 5, 2018

    Social aptitude — sometimes called emotional intelligence — not intellectual brilliance or parental social class leads to a well-adapted old age. Successful aging means giving to others joyously whenever one is able, receiving from others gratefully whenever one needs it, and being greedy enough to develop one’s own self in between. 

  • Living Well: Rule #3

    October 4, 2018

    For both the Inner City men and the Harvard men the best predictor of a high income was not their parents’ social class but whether their mother had made them feel loved. 

  • Live Longer: Rule #2

    October 3, 2018

    Today, we continue on the theme of optimizing our lives. Harvard followed 800 individuals for their entire lives so see the things associated with happier, healthier, and longer lives. One of the three samples of people – 268 Harvard graduates born around 1920 – represents the longest prospective study of physical and mental health in the world.