What Truly Keeps Us Happy and Healthy?


In this TED talk Robert Waldinger shares the results of a 75 year study that was created to find out what really keeps people healthy and happy. Robert is a psychiatrist and the Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. Click on the link below to hear about the results or scroll down to read more.

It’s not wealth or fame or working harder and harder. In Robert Waldinger’s words: “The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.”

Here are the lessons that emerged as a result of the study: 

People who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they are physically healthier and they lie longer than people who are less well connected. 

It’s not just the number of friends you have, and it’s not whether or not you’re in a committed relationship, but it’s the quality of your close relationships that matters.

The good life is based on good quality relationships. It’s that simple; however, creating meaningful connections and lasting relationships can be challenging and often times requires an investment of time and energy. 

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