What Can We Learn From a Legendary 75-Year Harvard Study of Happiness?

By James Mills, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

"There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that."

- Mark Twain

The Harvard Study of Adult Development is a groundbreaking study into what is at the heart of a happy and healthy life. It's now been going for more than 75 years; starting with 724 young men from some of the most affluent and some of the most deprived communities of Boston in 1938. It was based on the premise of asking questions like;

If you were going to invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy?

What if we could watch entire lives as they unfold through time to see what really keeps people happy and healthy?

The study participants went on to a whole range of professions and life situations - including legendary US President; John F Kennedy. In a TED Talk last year, the current Director, Robert Waldinger, shared fascinating insights from this study, that we can all learn from...

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