The secret to living longer may be your social life | Susan Pinker



The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to …

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  1. Con todos los respetos, esta charla mezcla cosas ciertas con asunciones falsas y esto es porque pasa por alto "qué" es una "variable dependiente" en un estudio psicosocial. Un sencillo ejemplo: se ha visto que las personas que tienen perro, viven más como media que las que no, pero esta variable (tener perro) es dependiente, es decir , quién tiene perro, lo hace por muchos motivos propios (No independientes o experimentales) y los cuales pueden ser las verdaderas variables causantes de su longevidad . Así, no es que las personas que tienen perro sean mas longevas gracias al perro, sino gracias a las variables que las llevaron a adoptar un perro (cosas como ser generosos, ser sensibles a los sentimientos, amar el dar paseos… , estar dispuesto a pasar incomodidades para cuidar un ser querido …. etc) . Por tanto, si alguien comprara un perro “para vivir más” seguramente sus posibilidades de vivir más … aumentarían poco pues le faltaría las variables causales previas. Así que Susan se deja un detalle clave: “si chocas los cinco con mucha gente al día… sirve, pero sirve si y solo si lo haces de corazon, porque …si lo haces para aumentar tu dopamina…. seguramente no te servirá para vivir mas años. Del mismo modo… si alguien tratara con mucha gente para tener personas “de apoyo” que de necesitarlo "le prestarían dinero" o que “le llevarían al hospital”, lo más probable es que esté haciendo un mal negocio… pues la gente no es tonta…y sabe distinguir un buen amigo de alguien que sencillamente … se hace el simpático. En resumen lo que necesitamos no es “tratar mucha gente para lograr personas que nos ayudarían a la hora de la verdad”, sino más bien “ser una persona que ayuda a los demás , pues esto es lo que hará que haya amor en tu vida, y por tanto que las personas que tratas… te quieran" y como las personas nos juntamos con seres sentimentalmente afines… lo mejor para tener “amigos buena persona”, es “ser una buena persona”. En fin, que la variable importante del estilo de vida para prolongarla es algo más que simplemente interactuar; es sencilla y simplemente buscar el bien de los demás, tenerlos en cuenta, respetarlos, y preferir que sean felices. ¿Es bueno tratarse? si, pero por amor de verdad, nada más… En fin que ¡Viva las buenas personas, y saludos a todos!

  2. كما جاء في حديث عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

    "لا يزيد في العمر إلا البر"

    فالبر من أسباب طول العمر
    و البر لا يكون الا بوجود تخالط و اندماج مع المجتمع

    وفي حديثا أيضا قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

    "من أحب أن يبسط له في رزقه وأن ينسأ له في أجله فليصل رحمه"

    و صلة الرحم تعني ان تتواصل و تتفاعل و تكون عونا و سندا و رفيقا و مشاركا دائما

    فما أروع هذا الدين الذي جاء علي لسان نبيه كل حق و صواب و خير و حكمة جمة
    دين الله الإسلام ❤🌼

  3. With deference to understanding how humans are, I cerebrate this finding is pretty paramount. The things that cause us to feel pain are things that are cognate to things gradually transmuting for the better over time apperceived as threats to our survival and the essence of gregarious pain is a denotement that change for the preponderant, over time has treated convivial connection like a desideratum, not an sumptuous thing/opulent and comfortable condition. It additionally transmutes our desire to do something/reason for doing something wide view of a nature scene/wide area of pulchritudinous land. We incline to surmise that people's deportment is narrowly self-intrigued, fixated on getting more material benefits for themselves and eschewing physical threats and the strenuous exertion of effort. But because of how convivial pain and pleasure are wired into our operating system, these are desire to do something/reason for doing something ends in and of themselves. We don't fixate on being connected only in order to extract mazuma and other utilizable things/valuable supplies from people – being connected needs no secret reason for doing something.

  4. I believe the top one, having social relationship makes life easier, happier even if we are suffering from pains or sickness, interacting with others esp with our family, close friends help a lot.

  5. I would accept the conclusion that social interaction is a factor in longevity, but the study that is offered as evidence seems to be way off and at odds with all other studies I've seen on longevity. I mean flu shots ahead of exercise? This makes the talk far less credible.

  6. I kind of agree… first you need to build a healthy oneself first then the top two on the chart…. it plays a long part in your longevity because of not only the natural chemical lifters you produce when you meet someone socially in person… it also helps you motivate and build a long trusting relationship with your surroundings.. reducing your stress levels to a zilch and helps your brain function better…

  7. Interesting talk, and obviously the social component is turning out to be a big factor in longevity. But this study is just that, one study, and a fairly small one. And I fear that some folks are going to take away the wrong message here – eat whatever you want, live a sedentary life, and just be social more in order to live a long life. The folks in the blue zones do more than just socialize – they walk almost everywhere, they eat very few refined carbohydrates, etc. This talk tends to gloss over those other important factors.

  8. I wouldn’t worry too much about this, if I were you. I’ve found that relationships with others can be harmful if you seek them, just for their sake.

    Being alone has allowed me to determine the course of my life and find what I’m really passionate about. If you’re not fortunate enough to live around decent people, then you could go your whole life without good personal relationships. I’m much more calm and level headed than I’ve ever been, these last two or three years, because I’m not chasing some ridiculous ideal of success. One where you have loads of friends and make obscene amounts of money etc.

    I’m also going to add that I have been doing yoga practices and meditation, for a while, which is what shifted me into becoming so much more at ease and comfortable being alone.

  9. Hahahahaha flu vaccine. Get autism get aktzheimers… Get immunised against an out of date strain and take in mercury and aluminium, but live long. Classic subliminal propaganda.

  10. that makes no sense, if you get social, you will get drugs, then you will die.
    check out all famous personalities, always drugs everywhere xD

  11. The fact is, more people are living better right here than anyone else ever before in history. So don’t expect us to roll over and play dead when you say you’re dissatisfied. It’s not perfect, but it’s a great deal better than when we grew up: a hundred men standing in the street hoping for one job; selling apples on the street corner– that’s one of the things we were dissatisfied about; and you don’t see that much anymore. You’re taller, stronger, healthier, and you live longer than the last generation; and we don’t think that’s altogether bad. You’ve probably never seen a ‘Quarantine’ sign on a neighbor’s door. Diphtheria, scarlet fever, whooping cough–probably none of your classmates are crippled with polio. You don’t see many mastoid scars anymore.

  12. I used to live in the world of Socials – Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Klout, Tinder, Fart…okay, maybe Fart doesn't exist (yet!). Then after watching Westworld (S2) + Mr Robot (S3) back to back, I looked at myself and thought, "wow, you claim to not be a drone but checking your socials every minute, refresh flick refresh flick refresh..nothings changed" I realised I had to get out of that world and into the real world..the world beyond…beyond the cushty little place we call home. I was born late 80s but I remember the time (somehow?) in the early 60s when we all went shopping and waited for our items to be tallied up and put into bags. You'd wait in the queue and someone behind is purchasing the same item. You'd turn around and say, "wow, good find and now let's talk about this item for 5 minutes…oh look, how time flies…its my turn to pay for my shopping". Those were the good ol' days. Skip to 2018: Interior Shop, Day. Waiting in line. 2 people ahead, 2 people behind and what happens?

  13. Two people were talking, and one asked the other, "why don't you give up smoking, you'll be sure to live longer", the smoker replied, "no, it will only seem that way". This is an appropriate view to nearly all human relationships.

  14. I really want to improve my English. but really hard to find the good enviroment to communicate with native speakers in my country. I just need about 5 minutes of your time to practise. Can you help me?

  15. I am 58 yrs old and an introvert by nature and don't like large circles of friends or groups of any kind. If I had to force myself to socialize in a situation that I wasn't really comfortable with, that would wreak havoc with me so I only do what makes me happy. I dictate what my social life will be. If you're introverted and don't have a large circle of friends, don't let this video freak you out. Volunteer work counts as socializing…church, etc.

  16. I thought this talk was a little unsatisfactory and conclusions unjustified. No doubt that social interactions are beneficial, but her conclusions are a little far fetched because these social interactions are by no means exclusive to Sardinia. Not even close. And then she's leaving out other important factors such as quality of their food and sleep and she's glossing over these people's numerous small walks in the streets which counts for a lot of exercise.

    It's broadly agreed upon that there are three pillars of health: Chemical environment (food, water, air, sun), movement/exercise and anything mental (stress, sleep, social).

    One of the main reasons why people are dying of cancer and of cardiovascular and various neurological diseases, is undoubtedly in the food supply as well with strong contributions from stress and poor sleep. On an island like Sardinia, as well as other remote places around the world, people have a vastly better diet as they often live off the land and our modern society hasn't completely reached them yet with its HFCS, GH, GM/GE, ABX, aspartame and pesticide-ridden foods. How can she not include food? Further, the people who live in these remote places naturally get exercise simply by them moving around the streets every day on a regular basis. Noone needs to go to the gym on a regular basis to get the benefits or exercise. Good ol' fashioned movement is all you need. And these people are getting it in spades. Lastly, no doubt these remote living people live a less stress free life with more overall rest and relaxation, and who undoubtedly work-to-live rather than live-to-work. And coupled with their higher degree of interacting with other people, no surprise these people are happier and less stressed. And as we know, stress is a killer… just like bad food… just like sitting in a chair behind a screen all day.

    In essence, she's not presenting anything new here at all, except she's repeating what's already known but doing it in an uneducated and naive way.

    …and somehow she also managed to "getting a flu shot" is more important than exercise and obesity in there. Further, the fact that she didn't comment at all on food quality kind of suggests that her research is funded by some big-pharma or big-chem company.

  17. Makes sense.
    New York, New Jersey, and Maryland are the 3 most densley populated states and are also the 3 states with lowest suicide rate while Alaska, Wyoming, and Montana are the 3 least densely populated and are the same 3 with highest suicide rates. Doesn't have to do with life expectancy at all but there is some correlation, I think.

  18. Ummm, "How many of you in here knew that a flu vaccine is more important than exercise."
    None of them because you are the only fool on the planet who has ever said such a thing. A flu vaccine has nothing to do with healthy longevity or building immunity, and these people exercise regularly/ natural movement, much much more than the average American, British or Aussie adult.

  19. It is sad this woman did not master her subject enough to present it from knowledge. The reading ruins the presentation. She wrote her script as if she is writing a novel, adding fake drama and nuanced details.
    There is a concept in presenting. You cannot give something away until you make it your own. She has never made these ideas her own. How can she give them away?

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