Lessons from the 75 year long Harvard Study of Adult Development has tracked the lives of 724 men over 75 years, discovers its not fame and fortune that makes us happy, but relationships. What is more, good, close relationships are good for our health and mental well-being. So something to ponder when considering education reform and education policy.
The Harvard Study of Adult Development, is probably the longest running study, and it now includes women.
The people in our 75-year study who were the happiest in retirement were the people who had actively worked to replace workmates with new playmates. Just like the millennials in that recent survey, many of our men when they were starting out as young adults really believed that fame and wealth and high achievement were what they needed to go after to have a good life. But over and over, over these 75 years, our study has shown that the people who fared the best were the people who leaned in to relationships, with family, with friends, with community