Chapter 6: Friends with

(Longevity) Benefits
How marriage and friendships prolong life

Voodoo weddings and synchronized bodies

"...The ceremony was short and completely bewildering. The priest, who introduced himself as Germain, sang songs, rattled amulets, prayed to a giant clay statue of a voodoo god, and had us hold our hands and nod at certain intervals. Then he drank some liquid out of a jar with a dead snake inside, and rattled amulets some more. It all looked very serious...." [excerpt from Growing Young]

Happy
Marriage

Maldives: the world capital of... divorce.   the rate of divorce per year per 1,000 Americans is 4.34, while in Maldives it’s a whooping 10.97

The science of love

"That a loving marriage may give you oxytocin and dopamine boosts and calm down your HPA axis seems quite straightforward. But what if the marriage is bad? What if all you do is bicker all day? What if there is more serious abuse?....." [excerpt from Growing Young]

Watch John Gottman's TED presentation on the Science of Love

  • Is living together as good for health as marriage?

  • Why do widowers often die within a week of their spouses?

  • Are arranged marriages good for health?

  • Why can amusement parks boost your love life (and your longevity)?

  • How many friends should you have to live to 100?

  • Answers to these questions (and much more!) in the book