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Emotional Longevity: What Really Determines How Long You Live is the most depressing book I have ever read. Co-written by American Psychological Association CEO Norman B. Anderson and his wife, P. Elizabeth Anderson, it’s an attempt to fuse the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The authors conclude that positive emotions and stable relationships may extend our lifespans; if so, by extension, I may no longer be among the living by the time you finish this paragraph. The book is essentially Chicken Soup for the Soul with endnotes and a bibliography, and its basic point is that all those lotus-eating, optimistic yes-bots are going to outlive all of us impetuous, moody cynics. Thanks. Like I couldn’t have learned that from watching The Doors. Anderson and Anderson speak at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (David Dunlap Jr.)