What makes a good life? Lessons from a study on happiness

Written and accurate as at: 9 December 2021

Have you ever wondered what may help to keep us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone—however, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’d be mistaken.

As the director of a 75-year-old study by Harvard University, ‘The Harvard Study of Adult Development’, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction.

In this insightful TED Talk, Waldinger shares three of the most important lessons learnt from this long-term study, plus some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

After watching this TED Talk, you may be interested in Susan Pinker’s talk where she discusses longevity factors (eg genetics, gender, health, and lifestyle). To watch this video, click here.