Video: What makes a good life, Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger

Some Takeaways – From Robert:
  • The major life goal for 80% of the population was to get rich
  • 50% of young adults said their major life goal was to become famous
  • For 75 years the lives of 724 men tracked about their work and home lives
  • The clearest message from this study on happiness was that good relationships keeps us happier and healthier
  • The first big lesson about relationships is that social connections are really good for us
  • More than one in five Americans will report that they are lonely
  • The second big lesson about relationships it’s the quality of your close relationship that matters
  • A predictor that can best determine that a 50-year-old will be healthy and happy at 80 years of age are people who were most satisfied in their relationships at age 50
  • The third biggest lesson about relationships and health is that relationships don’t just protect our bodies, they protect our brains
  • The happiest people in retirement were the people who had actively worked to replace workmates with new playmates
  • The good life is built with good relationships

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