Harvard Study of Adult Development for 75 years
in order to understand what contributes to leading a healthy life. The American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and clinical professors have spent their careers studying the effects that relationships have on our overall health and well-being. In a TED Talk on the topic of “What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness” which has been viewed more than 23 million times.
In his talk, Waldinger discusses
how he and his team of researchers studied generations of participants their research found that strong relationships are essential for people’s happiness, rather than wealth or fame. As soon as people enter into meaningful relationships with family members, friends or romantic partners their lives become much happier and healthier.
showed that those who had meaningful relationships with others were happier and healthier than those who did not have such connections. In addition, they experienced fewer mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and addiction. They also lived longer than their counterparts without strong social ties. Interestingly, these benefits were found regardless of income or education level – indicating that close relationships are beneficial in all walks of life.
Harvard research clearly shows the importance of developing close relationships for leading a good life full of health and happiness. It’s never too late to start your happiness journey, start today #ThinkTherapy
Beware – In today’s world of rapidly advancing technology,
it is easy to forget that a good life requires more than just material items or digital devices. The reality is that many of our modern technologies are actually taking away from our interpersonal relationships in certain ways.
rather than having meaningful conversations with others in person or over the phone, people tend to increasingly rely on text messaging and social media as their primary forms of communication. While these technologies make it easier for us to keep up with our friends and family on the go, they lack the depth and richness that comes with face-to-face interaction.