The Secret Sauce to a Long, Sharp Life

A partial review of Sanjay Gupta’s book.

With credit to Amazon books.

There is so much to speak about in this book, and anyone the ‘wrong’ side of 50 should consider purchasing the book. Really! I include the link to the book on Amazon. (And nothing in it for me I have to say.)

I want to concentrate on two items of note.

The first is that given the right diet, primarily a Mediterranean plant-based diet, and plenty of exercise, it is possible for the brain to rejuvenate new brain cells. Yes, that’s correct! New brain cells!

The second item of note is over on page 194. Let me quote:

Dr. Waldinger’s findings are attractive because they debunk commonly held myths about health and happiness. The findings are based on a comprehensive review of the participants’ lives and biology.

and two sentences later:

The lesson learned is that health and happiness are not about wealth, fame, or working harder. They are about good relationships.

Dr. Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His TED talk, “What Makes a Good Life?” has been viewed more than 36 million times. The link to the TED Talk is here.

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

On page 198 among the list of tips about staying engaged is to consider adopting a pet! Yes siree!

Now I am 76 and have had 14 years of pure happiness. Because in 2007 I met Jean, and all her dogs. We fell in love!

We came up to Payson, Arizona in 2010 and were married. In 2012 we came up to our rural acres in Southern Oregon.

Jeannie, Sweeny and Cleo. Taken in April, 2012.

It is 2021 and there is no doubt that we are both ageing but we are still very much in love.

We are very happy and that is because as luck would have it we are also each other’s best friend!

The Secret Sauce to a Long, Sharp Life!

6 thoughts on “The Secret Sauce to a Long, Sharp Life

  1. Fame & fortune are two things that most people won’t acquire in their lifetime. However, happiness can be found in good relationships, pets & being active. Living your life & being true to yourself guarantees less worry & that is like finding the fountain of youth.

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  2. I’ve listened to him on many different venues where he talks about this. The only thing I can’t do at this point in life is get a pet but I do get to visit other’s pets and get my fuzzy loving that way. Daily exercise and a good diet as well as challenging my brain have helped keep me sharp for my age. No partner isn’t good but better than still being with an abusive one. It helps that I have lots of hobbies and several friends as well as my daughter living with me. It’s always good to keep up on these things. I did a huge study on neuroplasticity a few years ago. who knew the brain was so capable of repair.

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    1. Oh, thank you very much, Marlene, that confirmation is extremely helpful. It appears you are doing all that you can to stay ‘connected’ with the world and how wonderful that your daughter lives with you. Do say ‘Hi’ to her. As for myself I wish I wasn’t as forgetful but there it is. I go bike riding a great deal. I try and learn new things. I try hard! Thank you!

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      1. The forgetfulness isn’t necessarily about aging. I call it “full hard drive”. Even my children have so much on their minds that they can’t remember everything. I pick up the slack for them quite often. Maybe I just file things in my brain better. 😉

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      2. I don’t know about that. I have much more trouble remembering things for just a short while and I have noticed my typing skills have significantly declined. Not that long ago I was 95% a touch typist. Now I need to look very closely at the keyboard.

        Jeannie, like you, is much, much better at remembering stuff!

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