• David Unger, PhD

Happiness



If you need a pep talk and some encouragement about your close relationships allow me to introduce you to Robert Waldinger and the Ted talk he gave titled; What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness.”


Dr Waldinger is the third director of a 75 year lifespan study that closely monitored 724 men and the course of their lives. While the sample was men, I think you will find there is a lot of information here that is applicable to all. You can watch his 12 minute video and learn some fundamental truths about what makes for happiness. Certainly you can ask yourself what makes for your own happiness. Turns out 80% of Millennials think the path to happiness has to with money and another 50% think fame would do the trick. You probably know none of that really matters. Although a certain financial comfort is helpful it is not the most important criteria to determining if you are happy with your life.


Not surprisingly it boils down to relationships. Having close, caring and supportive relationships gets you to live longer, healthier and happier. It is not how many friends you have, although having a social network is beneficial, it comes down to the quality of your relationships with those people closest to you. The good news about this is relationship building skills are indeed skills. You can continually learn them and improve upon them. If you want that extra million dollars to make you happy you probably are going to have to put in a fair amount of work and even then you not going to be as happy as you would be if you put some more effort into being a better friend and lover.

#happiness #RobertWaldinger #Longeststudyonhappiness

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