We are fixated on health and anti-aging, spending billions in our search for the next miracle diet, food, exercise and supplement. While healthy nutrition and physical activity are indeed important for health, there are things we all too often sacrifice that have an outsize impact on our centenarian potential. Friendships. Purpose in life. Empathy. Kindness. Volunteering.
In her book, Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100, science journalist Marta Zaraska offers a research-driven case for why optimism, kindness, and strong social networks will keep us living longer than any fitness tracker or superfood. We are fixating on all the wrong things – miracle diets, miracle foods, miracle supplements etc.
ABOUT MARTA ZARASKA
Marta Zaraska is a science journalist with her work published in the Washington Post, Scientific American, the Atlantic, among others. She’s the author of two books: Meathooked: The History and Science of Our 2.5-Million Year Obsession with Meat, which was published in 2016, and Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100, which was published in 2020 and offers a research-driven case for why optimism, kindness, and strong social networks will keep us living longer than any fitness tracker or superfood. Learn more at www.zaraska.com.
AT-HOME SILENT RETREAT
Big news!! I will be leading a virtual silent retreat over two days in October (October 24 & 25, 2020) that you can do from home wherever you are in the world. It will have guided sessions, meditations, yoga, journaling, and lots and lots of time for reflection and stillness. We’ll meet over Zoom over the course of the weekend but we’ll also meet the week before for about an hour so I can walk you through how to set up your life and your space so you can really take this time for yourself. You can get all the details and register at kristenmanieri.com/octobersilentretreat. Hope to see you there!
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