Monday, January 9, 2012

Review # 99: Happy To 102- The Best Kept Secrets to a Long and Happy Life by Kathy N. Johnson PhD/CMC, James H. Johnson PhD, and Lily Sarafan MS

      Happy To 102 paves the road towards a long, healthy, successful, and happy life based on several factors studied in the longest living people and cultures in the world today. Exercise, diet, sociability, sense of purpose and mental challenge are discussed in detail with regard to longevity versus disease, and various types of lifestyle changes are examined.

     Since I have ongoing experience with the elderly, I thought that Happy To 102 would be a good reference tool for me, and I was right. The research is clear - there are certain ways that we can live longer, healthier, and happier lives, so why do some people only live to age 65 while others are pushing 106? Well, maybe it's the lifestyles we choose that determine how we age; diet, exercise, cleanliness, medial check-ups, and sociability all play a part in the aging process, and the more regimental we are, the better we will look, feel, and live. Happy To 102 is a short, easy-to-read-and-understand "self-help" guide that breaks down the aging process and discusses how to increase our lifespan and decrease our chances for injury and illness. The authors did a great job writing and setting up the guides format; it didn't feel like they were talking down to the reader or trying to sell something, which I appreciate. The material is really interesting, although, most of the "secrets" to aging well aren't really secrets at all, but I liked the ideas and methods that were brought up. I do wish that there would have been more discussion about drugs and how to live with/without them, as well as how they effect the aging process inside and out, but I did learn a lot about alternative "medications". Overall this book is an excellent resource for people of all ages because the earlier you start following their advise, the better off you'll be.

Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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