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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

The Longevity Project highlights tips, guides and real life strategies for living longer. It uses scientific evidence, in the form of qualitative studies, psychological assessment tests and advice that may help our society to live longer and more satisfying lives right now.

The books is broken up into chapters, each focusing on a key area. The Longevity Project is a study that began in September 1921 and chronicled the lives of 1500 of the brightest students in a San Francisco school. The lives of these gifted children, born around 1910, were followed and studied, to investigate why some people thrive in their old age while others become ill and die early. The researchers found that those individuals who live the longest did not find the elixir of youth in eating healthy foods or jogging several miles a day. The secrets to longevity were found to be hidden in their personalities, career choices and social lives.

The Longevity Project brings up some truly fascinating ideas about the lengths of our lives. For example, children who are prudent and conscientious tend to live longer as adults. This means that people who are thrifty, persistent and detail oriented tend to live the longest. The authors describe the sociability index which measures personality in children and that can also apparently determine how long a person will live in adulthood. The results are interesting and any reader will find something to take away from this book.

Rating: 5/5

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by FSB Associates. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.