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Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D., author of The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study, graduated from Yale and was awarded the National Science Foundation graduate fellowship for his doctoral work at Harvard.

He is currently Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and has been honored with major awards by the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

Dr. Friedman has edited and written a dozen books and 150 scientific articles and has been named a "most-cited psychologist" by the Institute of Scientific Information. His health and longevity research has been featured in publications worldwide. He lives near San Diego, Calif.

Blog Entries by Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D.

Healthy for 100 Years

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 11:20 AM

Note: This column is by Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D. & Ephraim P. Engleman, M.D.

One of us is a 100-year-old physician who has been in an ongoing research study since 1917, and the other is a baby-boomer health researcher who has been heavily involved in conducting that remarkable study. This...

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President Obama at 50 -- Is the Job Taking Its Toll, or Is He Thriving on It?

(6) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 1:51 PM

With Barack Obama turning 50 this week, attention focuses on how the stresses of presidency are aging him. The dumbest (but most common) way to examine this is to compare pictures from the 2007-08 campaign to how he looks today. This is ridiculous and meaningless, because we do not have...

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Searching for the Secrets to Longevity

(3) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 4:21 PM

My co-author and wonderful colleague Dr. Leslie Martin was on the Today Show (NBC) this week with the maker of the cool new documentary "How To Live Forever." As a health scientist, Leslie was there with filmmaker Mark Wexler to provide research-based insight into the real reasons why...

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What The Founding Fathers Can Teach Us About Longevity

(7) Comments | Posted July 4, 2011 | 5:57 PM

The first four U.S. presidents -- Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison -- plus Benjamin Franklin -- lived an average of more than 82 years, and they did so without the benefit of modern medical care. To the contrary, George Washington, who became seriously ill after a day's horseback ride through...

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We're Not Really Living Much Longer

(14) Comments | Posted April 24, 2011 | 6:10 PM

The truth of the matter is that we are not really living much longer. We hear the propaganda repeated endlessly: "The average American can today expect to live an extra dozen or more years in retirement than did the previous generation, and many retirees today will receive benefits for decades...

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Does Being Happy Improve Our Health? You Might Be Surprised

(22) Comments | Posted April 2, 2011 | 11:35 AM

"Cheer up, watch funny shows, laugh heartily and you'll stay healthy!" It's ever-present advice, but it's wrong, wrong, wrong. We hear it all the time. If you're ill, spend a few days glued to the screen watching the exuberance of "Glee" and the laugh-out-loud comedy of "Seinfeld" reruns and, so...

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How Prayer Leads To Better Health and Longer Life

(160) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 7:27 PM

People often ask me if praying leads to better health and longer life. For the past 20 years, my colleague Dr. Leslie Martin and I have been studying the religious beliefs, the personalities, the social relationships, the habits and the careers of more than 1,500 Californians who were first studied...

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