What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

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.

The Harvard Study of Adult Development may be the longest study of adult life that’s ever been done. For 75 years it tracked the lives of 744 men [women weren’t in the original study because the College was then still all male].

In this 12 minute TedTalk video, Dr. Waldinger shares three important lessons learned from the study:

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