Most headlines from longevity science will strike you as outrageous, if you haven't been watching that sphere of research closely for a long time. They may seem far-fetched and out-of-reach. But make no mistake: biologists can control a number of factors which we take for granted as inevitable aging.
Recently, a study showed nearly 50% increase in lifespan with three drugs: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/…/fruit-flies-live-longer-combination…. People read the fine print and scoff because it was on fruit flies, not humans. But actually, read closer, and you find that the reason these drugs were even explored for the fruit flies is because we’ve first found them potent in human benefit and lifespan.
I think it stands to reason that we contemplate the mechanisms at play. And in this research it’s pretty clear what the tripartite recipe was: positive emotion/mindset; anti-cancer effect; reduced hyper-immune over response.
Will we live 50% longer? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe it'll only be 5%. That’s beside the point. The point is that if you create better emotional outcomes, reduce cancer proliferation, and engender optimal immune response, then life is better. These can be accomplished with a mindfulness practice, exercise, and grown-up eating decisions, by the way. It might’ve once seemed like a fiction. But through science, “fiction” is here.