Great post with surprising and important insights and information.
Here is an excerpt:
“High quality marriage and friendships, plus being able to rely on neighbors, meant an astounding 60 percent lower mortality risk. To put it into perspective, lacking such relationships would have a far larger impact on longevity than smoking fifteen cigarettes a day (50 percent higher mortality), far larger than excessive drinking (30 percent) or leading the life of a couch potato (about 20 percent). Air pollution had a meagre 5 percent mortality risk.
I was obviously worrying about wrong things. Denying my daughter, and myself, the joy of being surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and dozens of cousins, was far, far worse in terms of our health than whatever amounts of sulfur oxides linger in the Polish air.”