Lessons From the Longest Study on Happiness

• What produces real happiness?
• 75 Year Study: Harvard Study of Adult Development
• 724 men tracked
• Men still participating in their 90’s
• Boston 1930’s teenagers from tenement; economically disadvantaged
• One president of the United States in this group
• Successes and not so successful
• Good relationships keep us happier and healthier
• Those connected to others in their communities are happier
• Those more isolated than they want are less happy
•  More than 1 in 5 Americans report they are lonely
•  It is the quality of relationships that matters
•  Warm relationships are protective to health
•  Positive social connections can include arguments, sometimes
•  Most important: the feeling we can count on others in our relationships
•  Relationships are difficult many times but worth pursuing – for health and happiness
•  The Good Life = Good Relationships