Emotional Longevity: What Really Determines How Long You Live

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Penguin, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 332 pages
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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The traditional model for promoting fitness focuses on genetics, diet, and exercise. In contrast, this book explores the burgeoning field of behavioral medicine for a general audience. Specifically ... Read full review


Expectations Explanations and Beliefs
Thoughts and Actions
Silence Secrets and Lies The High Price

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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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