TED Talk: What makes a good life? by Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development

TED Talk: Robert Waldinger, What makes a good life?

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As the year comes to a close and we reflect on our accomplishments and failures, let’s also make room to check in on our happiness. Of course, that elicits the question: Do we even know what truly makes us happy?

Robert Waldinger is the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, overseeing one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies of adult development in history. He tells us what he’s learned about what makes people happy with three straightforward lessons from the 75 years of research. Here’s a hint: the lessons aren’t about wealth or fame or working harder. While these lessons took years of hard work to uncover, they are overwhelmingly easy to ignore.

If we heed the wisdom that Dr. Waldinger presents in his three lessons, we’ll experience less loneliness, less pain in our old age, preserve our memory for years to come — and set goals that matter for 2018 and beyond.

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