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. As the director of 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. I'm curious as to how they've established the causal relationship? Isn't it just as likely that people's relationships decline as their memory/health does? Why the assumption that poorer relationships are the causal factor? Post hoc ergo propter hoc.

  2. I don't wish to be rude but I am tired of studies being done in developed countries under very different circumstances and shoved down the throats of the rest of the world as some gospel truth. stop making the rest of the world feel like they are missing out on happiness. In some parts of the world people are just happy getting 3 meals a day and electricity.

  3. This is a really insightful video. We can truly learn so much from those who have experience life and its ups & downs.

    In order for more individuals to live until a ripe old age, we need the help of society to offer assistance and interact with them.

    I'm currently volunteering for a such a social initiative group in Singapore that supports the elderly called: https://www.facebook.com/sghearts/

    Lets make the world a better place!

  4. The premise is flawed in one big way.
    Are people happier because they have successful relationships,or could it be that unhappy people simply drive away others,and thus have failing relationships.Happiness is decided very early on in ones life.
    Happiness is an expectation,often met with disappointment.What one should strive for is contentment.
    I have often said that if you show me someone that can be content alone,I will show you someone truly content.
    Finding comfort in your head is the greatest achievement.

  5. Thanks for study results & good advice."man’s supreme honor and real happiness lie in self-respect, in high resolves and noble purposes, in integrity and moral quality, in immaculacy of mind." ~ Abdu’l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization

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