Changing Our Age Beliefs with Becca Levy

When it comes to aging well, we often think about increasing our health and doing what we can to lower our risk of disease. But author and researcher Becca Levy sees another aspect of aging we ought to consider: our beliefs. In her new book, Breaking the Age Code: How Your Age Beliefs Determine How Long and Well You Live, Becca outlines a science-backed argument for how aging isn’t just a physiological experience, it’s a social and physiological one, too.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • How culture impacts aging;
  • What “aging well” means;
  • Priming ourselves for better age beliefs;
  • Raising our awareness of ageism and learning to dismantle it;
  • How we can become less anti-aging.

You can listen to our conversation wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:



Becca Levy, PhD, is an award-winning Yale Professor of Psychology and Public Health. She received her doctorate in psychology from Harvard University and held a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She has given invited testimony before the United States Senate on the effects of ageism, contributed to briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court in age-discrimination cases, and participated in United Nations discussions of reducing ageism. Her scientific discoveries serve as the evidence base for a new World Health Organization Campaign to Combat Ageism. She is credited with creating a field of study that focuses on how positive age beliefs can improve–and how negative age beliefs can harm–the health and longevity of older individuals. She is the author of Breaking the Age Code: How Your Age Beliefs Determine How Long and Well You Live (William Morrow; on sale April 12). For more information, visit becca-levy.com.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simple Changes with Lifelong Impact, was released summer 2021. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 160 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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