Ted Talks – What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study of happiness – Robert Waldinger

Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist who is a director of a 77-year-old study on adult development. In this talk he discusses what makes people truly happy.

A lot of people today believe that the key to happiness is wealth and fame. However, Waldinger’s’ research concludes the opposite – he found that the people who are the happiest are those who invested in their relationships with family, friends and within their community.

We are constantly told to work harder and achieve more but if we do not invest in our relationships in the long run then towards the end of our lives these things, we call success and happiness will hold no meaning.

Having a strong bond with other humans is essential to finding true happiness.

There are 3 lessons he discusses about relationship, these are-

  • Social connections are really good for us – those with social connections with family and friends are happier, physically healthier and live longer
  • Quality of close relationships matter
  • Good relationships do not just protect our bodies, but they also protect our brains.

I enjoyed this Ted Talk because it showed that life is more than just our work life, we need to work on and appreciate the importance of our relationships with our families and friends. We have to seek high quality relationships as these really do benefit our happiness and the quality of life that we lead.

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