A 75 year Harvard study has revealed the most important factor for human happiness (it’s not money). Read on if you want to unlock your happiness.
It studied the development of two groups of men for over 75 years. Its aim to determine the most important factor for human happiness. According to the director, psychiatrist Robert Waldinger who has access to the unprecedented volume of data, they found one vital condition to living a happier life, he explains in depth in his TED talk below.
So then what is the important factor for human happiness? According to Waldinger:
“The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.”
Specifically the study showed that having another person to rely upon helps our nervous system relax, maintains brain health and reduces emotional pain.
The data also showed another startling revelation: 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.”
And no it doesn’t matter how popular you are the major factor was the quality of the relationships that counted the most. The extent of how much you can express your true self, your level of honesty and trust within those relationships was found to be the most important factor in determining the quality of a relationship.
It seems popularity is not the answer, but connection. So find that person you get along with best and remind them how important they are to you.. it just might save your life!
This is a powerful reminder to be true to yourself and develop your authentic feelings for a longer, healthier and happier life.