Lessons from the longest study on happiness

I am not one for promoting homilies about how to live your life better but Kate highlights something that we all know yet time and time again fail to follow. I don’t know why this and it doesn’t matter that few people will read this on my blog. Its a personal reminder if nothing else with the act of writing it down a personal challenge for the New Year. Thank you Kate.

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Screen Shot 2016-01-03 at 7.32.48 amWhat makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

Robert Waldinger, TEDx Beacon Street, filmed November 2015

Researchers at Harvard, after studying participants for 75 years, have discovered conclusively that it is not money, or fame or even achievement that create a sense of happiness or physical health. This multi-generational research team found instead that (i) the Quality of our close relationships with one another and (ii) our degree of social connectivity were the best determinants of our overall happiness, physical health, mental function and longevity. This seems also to align with the research into isolation being a risk factor for dementia.

Personally, I feel it is a tad biased, as the study until late into it, was only on men; it definitely would be interesting to have seen the results for the same study on women.

After watching this talk, which you can view below, but the clearest message or lessons learned from the 75-year-old, ongoing…

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