What keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life? Where should you focus your time and energy in order to invest in your best self? One of the people in the best position to answer these questions is Robert Waldinger, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, director of the Center for Psychodynamic Therapy and Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and directer of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, a 75-year-long study on the lives of 724 adult men.
Although this study focusses on men, it’s an unprecedented deep look into what keeps people happy and healthy as they go through life. In this TEDx talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life filled with true happiness and satisfaction.
The clearest message the study delivers is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.