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Is there actually hope for the good people???

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I just read this article on The Longevity Project and how some age old teachings about health and long life have been proven to be false. It actually gives me a shred of hope that nice guys don'tfinish last....

here are the questions and answers, as discovered from years of research in The Longevity Project.

Question 1: Health is summed up by the old saying, The best of men cannot suspend their fate, The good die early and the bad die late. False. In every way we looked at this question, the honest, hard-working, persevering, socially-involved individuals long out-lived the selfish and lackadaisical slackers.

Question 2: To raise the chances of a long life, women should get married. False. The Longevity Project clearly revealed that single women and divorced women often stayed healthy without a husband.

Question 3: To raise the chances of a long life, men should get married. Maybe. Men who were suited to marriage, and who got and stayed married, lived longest. But men who got divorced, especially if they then remained unmarried, were at very high risk of dying.

Question 4: Worrying is very bad for your health. False. Worrying helped protect health, especially for men, and especially when they faced a loss such as the death of their wives.

Question 5: Work is stressful, so relax, don't work so hard, and instead play more golf to stay healthy and live longer. False. The people who worked the hardest lived the longest. Being involved in, committed to, and successful at work is an excellent predictor of health and longevity.

Question 6: Cheery, no-worry kids grow up healthier and live longer than their more sober and dependable classmates. False. Being serious, dependable, and conscientious was the best childhood personality predictor of a long life.

Question 7: Being active and involved in sports during childhood and the teenage years is the most important time period for long-term health and longevity. False. Staying active in middle age was more important than being active or being an athlete in youth. In fact, if you gradually became more physically active as you aged, that was a very good sign.

Question 8: If you believe that you are loved and cared for by your friends, then you are on the road to good health. False. Social relations are important to good health, ; much more important was how much social involvement you had with other people each day.

Question 9. To help stay healthy all year, put these goals on your list of New Year's resolutions: Go to the gym three times a week; cut down on eating desserts; don't worry, take life one day at a time. False. The healthiest and longest-living people in The Longevity Project didn't make endless resolutions; instead, they moved themselves into long-term healthy patterns that we call "healthy pathways."

Question 10. Try to watch some funny TV shows every day, because happiness keeps you healthy. False. Happiness is related to health but not because laughter clears clogged arteries. Rather, we found that same kinds of meaningful and consequential lives that promoted health also promoted happiness.