The Key to the Good Life: Who You’re With on the Journey
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Harvard researchers have been studying what makes people happy for decades.
Since 1938, they’ve been following the same people, and then their families, to learn more about what makes a good life. This is the longest-running study of its kind involving hundreds of people across different walks of life. JFK was even involved when he was a student.
So what did they discover in this happiness survey?
Money, fame, and awards don’t lead to long-term happiness. Here’s what does — good relationships.
Think about a trip you took a few years ago. A vacation or time abroad or in a new city that you really loved. What do you remember?
When you first got home and a friend asked, “Oh, how was your time away?” chances are you recited the things you did. But years later, when you think of that trip, you remember your interactions with people, those you were traveling with and also complete strangers.
The key to the good life is developing good relationships and being open to encounters with everyone.
And there’s both science and magic behind why.