"The Longevity Project": How To Live Longer

04/19/2011 03:40 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2011
  • KATHERINE BOUTON nytimes.com

After reading “The Longevity Project,” I took an unscientific survey of friends and relatives asking them what personality characteristic they thought was most associated with long life. Several said “optimism,” followed by “equanimity,” “happiness,” “a good marriage,” “the ability to handle stress.” One offered, jokingly, “good table manners.”

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