The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this:
Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.
Over and over, over these 75 years, our study has shown that the people who fared the best were the people who leaned in to relationships, with family, with friends, with community.
So what about you? Let’s say you’re 25, or you’re 40, or you’re 60. What might leaning in to relationships even look like?
The possibilities are practically endless. It might be something as simple as replacing screen time with people time, or livening up a stale relationship by doing something new together, long walks or date nights, or reaching out to that family member who you haven’t spoken to in years…
Robert J. Waldinger (born 1951) is an American psychiatrist and Professor at Harvard Medical School. He is known for his TED talks about his findings from the unique 75-year-long Harvard study on adult happiness.
Waldinger is the current Director of the Laboratory of Adult Development at Massachusetts General Hospital, a longitudinal study that has tracked the health and mental well-being of a group of 724 American men for 76 years.
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