And they estimated that 1.6 million years of healthy living are lost every year in Europe because of noise pollution. So they think it’s actually very deadly.
And by the way, it’s also terrible for your brain. It really impairs cognition. And our Founding Fathers knew about this. When they wrote the Constitution, they put dirt all over the cobblestones outside the hall so that they could concentrate. So without noise reduction technology, our country would not exist.
So as a patriot, I felt it was important to — I wear all the earplugs and the earphones, and it’s really improved my life in a surprising and unexpected way.
And the second point I want to make, the final point, is that — and it’s actually been a theme of TEDMED — that joy is so important to your health, that very few of these behaviors will stick with me unless there’s some sense of pleasure and joy in them.
And just to give you one instance of this: food. The junk food industry is really great at pressing our pleasure buttons and figuring out what’s the most pleasurable.
But I think we can use their techniques and apply them to healthy food. To give just one example, we love crunchiness, mouthfeel. So I basically have tried to incorporate crunchiness into a lot of my recipes — throw in some sunflower seeds. And you can almost trick yourself into thinking you’re eating Doritos.
And it has made me a healthier person. So that is it.
The book about it comes out in April. It’s called “Drop Dead Healthy.” And I hope that I don’t get sick during the book tour. That’s my greatest hope.
So thank you very much.
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