joi, 8 decembrie 2022

The Lucky Years – How to Thrive in The Brave New World of Health by Doctor David Agus, author of the brilliant, life changing A Short Guide to A Long Life, which could help make you do this… - 10 out of 10


The Lucky Years – How to Thrive in The Brave New World of Health by Doctor David Agus, author of the brilliant, life changing A Short Guide to A Long Life, which could help make you do this…

10 out of 10



I have been so thrilled, elated, optimistic after reading A Short Guide to A Long Life that I have posted five (5) notes on my blog, impressed with the advice that we could use and the positive feelings generated by that lifesaving, phenomenal book that we should all read, to help us reach healthy, Long Lives – for instance, David Agus, in his excellent A short Guide to A Long Life and other experts recommend a dog, which will:

‘Condition his master and force him to respect a schedule, with fixed hours, which are also good for our well being

Because a dog needs exercise it will make the owner walk or even jog with his pet and therefore help his health’


Doctor David Agus is one of the best experts and therefore, we have access through those marvelous books to the best advice, analysis we could get, indeed, the late, regretted Steve Jobs had a special, extraordinary team of doctors to advise him, and David Agus was one of them…alas, this happened at a very late stage, when it was too late to stop the cancer from advancing, and before that, the extraordinary entrepreneur had used unorthodox, and also inefficient means to treat his disease, with palliatives, homeopathy, which do not work and it seems to be a known, accepted fact that had he been using established, scientific means to combat the illness, the outcomes would have been better…

It is true that most people would be tempted to dismiss this book, not read it in their young years, unless they have some condition, a disease that would prompt them to be interested in their health and challenges to it, and leave it for the mature period, only then, it could also be pushed aside, like I did for quite some time, because it feels depressing to read about cancers and new treatments for them…


Indeed, where it not for a quirk in the filing, I would have avoided this read and very likely postpone it forever, but it was placed in a to read context, vey prominent, so there we are, talking about it…as it is, the passages about terminal illness have me looking for the exit and I just close my ears for the duration – it is an audiobook – and look for the more positive passages, some of which can be somewhat amusing, like the reference to the phenomena which has overweight, even obese humans dismiss their condition, studies show that many of those with a weight problem say they do not have it…

When surrounded by people that are overweight, one with the same issues will see one self as ‘normal’ – there are psychology studies that have shown that eating with someone else increases the amount we consume, and the bigger the number of folks at the table, the more we add to our plate, up to near twice the usual quantity when we eat with eight or ten, I think it was, and I wonder if this is not connected with the Social Proof Rule from the classic Influence by marvelous Robert Cialdini - which has devastating effects


This would go back to The Wobegon Days and the Effect that has generated, the tendency that we have to value our skills as better than the average, we see ourselves as better than average drivers, when this is clearly impossible, we could not have a majority better than the norm, which if we use logic, if a distorted one, would change the average

We learn a lot about long, healthy life from another wondrous work, Ikigai the Japanese secret which can be summarized (though it is better to read the book) with – eat only to 80% at the table, have a circle of friends, take it slowly, exercise, smile, and then you could also try a diet which has helped the people of Okinawa reach one hundred in record numbers, which includes little meat, a special potato, and a variety of crudité


Another excellent read would be Home Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow by the magnificent Yuval Harari in which the author argues that new discoveries will help humans become gods – hence the title – and live to 200 and more, albeit there will be differences in what access the rich versus the poor will have at this and other technologies, in the future it will be possible to become much more ‘intelligent’ thanks to implants and other gadgets.

Positive Psychology is one element that we can use now to benefit from The Lucky Years, for studies in this domain have shown that people who are positive live longer, healthier and more successful lives than the negative ones, there is a whole library that you can consult on the subject, especially Martin Seligman, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Tal Ben-Shahar, Ed Diener, Stefan Klein, Shawn Achor


The question at this time could be how to convince others of the merits of positivity – never mind oneself, for we forget, I for instance know about the vital role that being positive plays, but cannot stop whining and feeling down when I see all those public lights on in the Mogosoaia Park and Cultural Centre while the public is not allowed, or neighbors parking over the bushes that I have planted, carrying many of them in my car, not to mention the latest cataclysmic news that a rocket has landed into Poland (in fact, a missile) and even if it was just a mistake, or maybe the result of a clash midair between an Ukrainian defense projectile and an incoming Russian one, still, it reminds us of how close we can get to World War III and thus the annihilation of humanity – with this background, it is difficult to persuade others, Socrates say, of the benefits of forgetting about the reckless drivers, the conspiracy theories he embraces, which make him mad, because he sees the price of gas, maybe even the war in Ukraine as the result of machinations, the interference of hidden actors…

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