This quick enjoyment of life quiz predicts your longevity

I enjoy the things that I do

  • Nev­er
  • Rarely
  • Some­times
  • Often

I enjoy being in the company of others

  • Nev­er
  • Rarely
  • Some­times
  • Often

On balance, I look back on my life with a sense of happiness

  • Nev­er
  • Rarely
  • Some­times
  • Often

I feel full of energy these days

  • Nev­er
  • Rarely
  • Some­times
  • Often

If you’ve answered “some­times” or “often” to two or three of these ques­tions, a Decem­ber, 2016 arti­cle in the British Med­ical Jour­nal has good news for you.

More than 9,000 peo­ple over the age of 50 took this quiz and the authors report­ed that those who scored high in “enjoy­ment of life” had about one-third low­er risk of mor­tal­i­ty over the next sev­en years. Even if you scored only medi­um high on the quiz (two items ranked “some­times” or “often”) your mor­tal­i­ty risk went down by one-sixth.

Here’s the ink to the full arti­cle.

In the spir­it of “enjoy­ment of life” I share with you a ques­tion-and-answer “inter­view” with a (fake) doc­tor one of my patients for­ward­ed to me. Hope you enjoy!

Q: Doc­tor, I’ve heard that car­dio­vas­cu­lar exer­cise can pro­long life. Is this true? 
A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exer­cise. Every­thing wear out even­tu­al­ly. Speed­ing up heart not make you live longer; it like say­ing you extend life of car by dri­ving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.

Q: Should I reduce my alco­hol intake?
A: Oh no! Wine made from fruit. Brandy dis­tilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of good­ness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bot­tom up!

Q: How can I cal­cu­late my body/fat ratio? 
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one.

Q: What are some of the advan­tages of par­tic­i­pat­ing in a reg­u­lar exer­cise pro­gram? 
A: Can’t think of sin­gle one, sor­ry. My phi­los­o­phy: No pain…good!

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in veg­etable oil. How get­ting more veg­etable be bad?

Q : Will sit-ups help pre­vent me from get­ting a lit­tle soft around the mid­dle? 
A: Oh no! When you exer­cise mus­cle, it get big­ger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want big­ger stom­ach.

Q: Is choco­late bad for me? 
A: You crazy? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean anoth­er veg­etable! It best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swim­ming good for your fig­ure? 
A: If swim­ming good for fig­ure, explain whale to me.

Q: Is get­ting ‘in shape’ impor­tant for my lifestyle? 
A: Hey! ‘Round’ is shape!

(I hope this has cleared up any mis­con­cep­tions you may have had about food and diets.)

Life should NOT be a jour­ney to the grave with the inten­tion of arriv­ing safe­ly in an attrac­tive and well-pre­served body, but rather to skid in side­ways, Chardon­nay in one hand — choco­late in the oth­er — body thor­ough­ly used up, total­ly worn out and scream­ing “WOO-HOO, what a ride!!”


For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutri­tion and health.
It’s a relief to know the truth after all those con­flict­ing nutri­tion­al stud­ies.

1. The Japan­ese eat very lit­tle fat and suf­fer few­er heart attacks than Amer­i­cans.

2. The Mex­i­cans eat a lot of fat and suf­fer few­er heart attacks than Amer­i­cans.

3. The Chi­nese drink very lit­tle red wine and suf­fer few­er heart attacks than Amer­i­cans.

4. The Ital­ians drink a lot of red wine and suf­fer few­er heart attacks than Amer­i­cans.

5. The Ger­mans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suf­fer few­er heart attacks than Amer­i­cans.

Eat and drink what you like. 
Speak­ing Eng­lish is appar­ent­ly what does you in.





About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website,, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.

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