Philosophers have pondered what creates human happiness for thousands of years, with various speculative theories. We know it isn’t money. We know it isn’t career, job, possessions, power. In fact it is simple. It is relationships. It is LOVE.
But if you want evidence, check out this Harvard study: Harvard Study of Adult Development. In a terrific TED talk, psychiatrist Robert Waldinger presents the findings of this 75 year Harvard study. “The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” said Robert Waldinger, director of the study, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too. That, I think, is the revelation.”
Here is an article with all the details: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/over-nearly-80-years-harvard-study-has-been-showing-how-to-live-a-healthy-and-happy-life/
Here is the TED talk: http://thepowerofideas.ideapod.com/75-year-harvard-study-revealed-one-important-factor-human-happiness/?utm_content=buffer3a59a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer