Since 1938, the Harvard Study of Adult Development has tracked the lives of 724 men over 75 years. This rare and enlightening study has gathered information about these men’s work, health, home life and more from the time their were teenagers to now, when many are well into their 80s.
After three-quarters of a century and tens of thousands of pages of collected data, one main insight rises to the top.
Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.
Three primary lessons about relationships came from this incredible study:
Social connections are really good for us
People who are more socially connected to family, friends and community are emotionally happier, psychically healthier and live longer than those without deep social connections. People who are lonely and isolated are not as happy, suffer from declining health as they age, their brain function decreases and they live shorter lives. Read more