What’s the Secret to Happiness? Scientist still aren’t sure, but the results of this 75 year Harvard study believe it’s pinned down the number one thing that’s most important to leading a fulfilling life.
Whether you’re poor or rich, the answer didn’t seem much different according to these two studies that looked at the emotional, well-being of a group of poor men growing up in Boston and a group of male graduates from Harvard.
The length of the study required multiple generations of researchers with both studies beginning in 1939.
Since before WWII, they’ve diligently analyzed blood samples, conducted brain scans (once they became available), and pored over self-reported surveys, as well as actual interactions with these men, to compile the findings.
The conclusion? According to Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one thing surpasses all the rest in terms of importance: “The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.”Not how much is in your 401(k). Not how many conferences you spoke at–or keynoted. Not how many
followers you have on Facebook and not how powerful you are:
What’s Love got to do With it?
Specifically, the study demonstrates that having someone to rely on helps your nervous system relax, helps your brain stay healthier for longer, and reduces both emotional as well as physical pain.
The data is also very clear that those who feel lonely are more likely to see their physical health decline earlier and die younger.
“It’s not just the number of friends you have, and it’s not whether or not you’re in a committed relationship,” says Waldinger. “It’s the quality of your close relationships that matters.”
This is a summarization of a number of articles on this study that seem to float to the top of social media frequently. Obviously there must be a need and interest in this information. If you want more details, google the topic for more in-depth information.