Relationships Are Good For Your Health

Last week, I posted an essay about how marriage (or any long-term, loving relationship) can increase your happiness. That essay was a bit personal, as it was prompted by my desire to be in a relationship.

As I was looking into ways that marriage leads to happiness, I came across a study conducted by Harvard Medical School that has been ongoing for 80 years. That study indicates that, not only do strong, long-term relationships lead to happiness, but they’re actually good for our health and well-being.

Rather than regurgitate the study, I’ll let Dr. Robert Waldinger, director of the study, do the talking. I’ve included two videos featuring Dr. Waldinger. The first was put together by After Skool, an artistic YouTube channel that puts animation to speeches, audiobooks, etc. The second is a TedTalk that Dr. Waldinger did in Boston in 2015.

The Secret to a Happy Life

What Makes a Good Life? Lessons From the Longest Study on Happiness

If you want to learn more about Dr. Waldinger’s work at Harvard, you can pick up his book, The Good Life.


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