Getting the Message
A few days ago, our daughter sent me a link to fabulous TED talk. Here’s the link, if you want to have a listen:
This talk shared the results of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, a 75-year study of 722 men. The participants comprised two groups—the first consisted of Harvard sophomores, the second was made up of the most disadvantaged youth in South Boston.
Researchers tracked these men continuously throughout their lives, using extensive questionnaires, interviews, medical tests, and conversations with their spouses and children. The purpose was to investigate what kept them happy and healthy. Was it a function of background? Advantages? Achievements? Hard work? Money? Fame? Career satisfaction?
You may already have guessed the answer. The study (which still continues for about 60 men who are now in their 90’s) determined that good relationships are what make us happier and healthier, both physically and mentally. People who are socially connected are happier and healthier. Period. And a startling fact—those who were happiest in their relationships at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80.
For me, it was gratifying to hear that something I have believed in my heart all along now has significant scientific validation. And one of the most touching parts of all, that so impacts me in my own Life Purpose, was our daughter’s comment when she sent this link. She said, “Thought of you and Dad while I was watching this! Enjoy!”
I’m so glad she’s getting the message early in life!
Oh Donna this is great news right!!! I’m thrilled to know that when I am social and making wonderful connections with people it’s actually good for my future self. Very interesting and something to think about for those of us that consider ourselves introverts.