Against the Grain

Studying Lifespan

A groundbreaking study, conducted over eight decades, has shed light on what makes some of us live longer than others from the same socio-economic background — and many of the results are quite surprising. Leslie Martin, one of the scientists involved in the Longevity Project, discusses the findings, which challenge conventional wisdom about the links between long lives and optimistic personalities, as well as marriage, divorce, religious belief, and work.

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