Key to Health, Long Life and Happiness (SAMPLE ARTICLE)

Date: April, 2017

Source: Harvard Gazette

Harvard Study Finds One Key to Health, Long Life and Happiness

An 80-year research by Harvard University’s Study of Adult Development has shown that the most significant factor in a person’s life that influences health, longevity and happiness is warm relationship.

The study, started in 1938 and still ongoing at this time, followed the life of 724 men, partly from Harvard and others from Boston’s inner city. Tracking their medical records, career, marriage, relationships, etc., the study found that those who have a higher “level of satisfaction in their relationships at the age of 50 was a better predictor of physical health than their cholesterol levels were.”

In a TED talk, the study’s current director, Dr. Waldinger, stated that those who had warm relationships were the one’s who lived longer and happier, while those who were lonely died earlier. “Loneliness kills,” he said. “It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.”