Dr. Robert Waldinger presented the findings of the Harvard Longitudinal Study which started 75 years ago in 1937 with 724 men as the participating subjects, including former President John F. Kennedy. As the moment, about 60 of the original 724 men are still alive and still participating in the study. The study is continue with more than 2,000 children of these men. Dr. Robert Waldinger is the fourth director of the study. He presented this during the TEDxBeaconStreet event on November 2015.
The study suggested that “Good Relationships” is the reason that keeps people happier and healthier. According to Dr. Robert Waldinger, there are three big lessons about how relationships affect our life:
Social connections are really good.
People who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier and physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less well connected.
Quality of close relationships
People who were the most satisfied in their relationships at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80.
Good relationships are protective (body and brain)
People who are in relationships where they feel assured they can count on the other person in times of need; those people’s memories stay sharper longer.
As per current findings, it suggests that good and close relationships are good for our health and well-being.
About Dr. Robert Waldinger
Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Director of the Center for Psychodynamic Therapy and Research at Massachusetts General Hospital