Emotional Longevity: What REALLY Determines How Long You Live

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Based on a web of scientifically proven connections between biology on the one hand and social environment, beliefs, and emotions on the other, leading scientist Dr. Norman Anderson presents a fascinating new definition of health. Our ability to find meaning in adversity, our expectations about what the future will bring, and even our willingness to disclose our traumatic experiences all impact not only our emotional well-being but also our biology, influencing our vulnerability to everything from the common cold to heart disease. Through the stories of many prominent figures, including Maya Angelou, Reynolds Price, and Linda Ellerbee, Anderson underscores the reality of these scientific findings, providing an essential guide to living better and longer.

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Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., is CEO of the American Psychological Association, the largest scientific and professional association of psychologists in the world. Most recently a professor at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, he has also served as the first associate director of the National Institutes of Health for behavioral and social sciences research. P. Elizabeth Anderson is an award-winning health journalist. The authors have been married for eighteen years.

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Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association, believes in a new approach to health as a way to understand longevity. Instead of the traditional view of physical health, Anderson says the interaction of six "well-being" factors-biological, psychological, behavioral, economic, religious/spiritual and emotional-can explain the differences in longevity. He argues that there must be a scientific explanation for why some people recover from serious illness such as a heart attack while other patients remain disabled. According to Anderson, this multifaceted approach goes beyond the increasing acceptance of nontraditional medicine; it is an entirely new way to approach life, with specific medical support. Much of the book focuses on exploring the six factors and how they play out in everyday life. Anderson discusses his mother's battle with cancer and its impact on his life. He also profiles others-author Reynolds Price and journalist Linda Ellerbee-who have overcome illness or adversity and used these challenges to change their lives. Anderson's background as associate director of the National Institutes of Health for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research lends authority to the research support, and the work is more inclusive than many other popular psychology books on changing and improving one's life. Readers willing to take the time to understand Anderson's concepts will find the book worthwhile.
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