Have you ever wondered what it really takes to make someone happy? What does true happiness need to grow, and is it even attainable?
What exactly keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life? One study done by Harvard that ran for over 75-years has determined exactly that! This study followed the lives of two groups of men, and now even follows their children in order to understand how childhood experience reaches across decades in order to affect a person’s health and well-being even in middle age. The only setback is that it did not cover women at all.
The study itself is referred to as the Harvard Grant and Glueck Study and concluded what many people have thought for the longest. You guessed it, love is the biggest predictor of your happiness and fulfillment overall in life. This study showed that having someone you can rely on helps your nervous system relax, and helps your brain to stay healthy and even reduces emotional pain. It even showed that people who feel lonely are more likely to see their physical health decline earlier and die younger.
Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development says the following:
“The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.”
You could have all the money in the world and be a huge success, but without a loving relationship, you will be lacking happiness. While relationships are complicated and messy they are important. Maintaining a good life is not possible without meaningful relationships.
The quality of your relationships is all that matters; the more meaningful the happier you will be. The extent to which you are able to relax makes a huge difference in your happiness.
To learn a little more about this check out the video below. This has easily been the longest study on happiness so far and it verifies everything I have been thinking my whole life.