What is the secret of happiness?
Happiness is one of the most important things in life, yet it’s also one of the hardest to study. But, the question is: What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life?
If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone. But, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken.
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Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger is the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest and most complete studies of adult life ever conducted. The study was done on 724 men.
He has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he reveals the secret of happiness and shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
They came away with one major finding: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.
“What we’d really like is a quick fix, something we can get that’ll make our lives good and keep them that way,” Waldinger said in his TedTalk. “Relationships are messy and they’re complicated and the hard work of tending to family and friends, it’s not sexy or glamorous. It’s also lifelong. It never ends.”
“So, go take that longer lunch break with your co-worker. Call a friend for a long overdue catch up. It’s good for your health.”
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“I’d like to close with a quote from Mark Twain. More than a century ago, he was looking back on his life,and he wrote this: “There isn’t time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.”
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