Ever wonder why some people seem to be so happy? If you take a closer look, you'll find that the answer lies in their relationships. The Harvard Study of Adult Development reveals that the strength of our connections with others can predict both our physical and mental health throughout life.
The Harvard Study of Adult Development is the longest study on adult life ever conducted. It began in 1938 with 724 men who were then between 16-21 years old. Today, this study still follows its original participants as well as their children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. This study has revealed some surprising findings which show just how important relationships are in leading a fulfilling life.
The study found that strong personal connections—with family members, friends, spouses—were linked to greater happiness and satisfaction in life. Those with strong social networks had fewer symptoms of depression compared to those without them. This is because humans are hardwired for connection; it's part of our biology! We need strong social bonds to survive and thrive throughout life.
I strongly recommend this book, based on the Harvard Study, that is filled with ideas and tools to help you live a happier and healthier life:
The Good Life written by Robert Waldinger, MD & Marc Schulz, PhD, provides invaluable life lessons.
"Lessons from the world’s longest scientific study of happiness” "Create a more meaningful and satisfying life"
Read an article on the Atlantic that featured The Good Life
When it comes down to it, relationships really do make us happier and healthier throughout life. So if you're looking for a fulfilling lifestyle, focus on your relationships! Healthy communication are essential for maintaining supportive relationships with your partner or spouse, and this is one of the foundations of my Blended Family & Life Coaching practice.
Are you and your partner seeking to improve your relationship? Your first consultation with me is Complimentary, so you can experience how working with me will start you down the path to the healthy relationship you desire!
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