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What keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life if you were going to invest now in your future best self where would you put your time and your energy there was a recent survey of Millennials asking them what their most important life goals were and over 80% said that a major life goal for them was to get rich and another 50% of those same young adults said that another major life goal was to become famous and we're constantly told to lean in to work to push harder and achieve more we're given the impression that these are the things that we need to go after in order to have a good life pictures of entire lives of the choices that people make and how those choices work out for them those pictures are almost impossible to get most of what we know about human life we know from asking people to remember the past and as we know hindsight is anything but 20/20 we forget vast amounts of what happens to us in life and sometimes memory is downright creative but what if we could watch entire lives as they unfold through time what if we could study people from the time that they were teenagers all the way into old age to see what really keeps people happy and healthy we did that the Harvard study of adult development may be the longest study of adult life that's ever been done for 75 years we've tracked the lives of 724 men year after year asking about their work their home lives their health and of course asking all along the way without knowing how their life stories were going to turn out studies like this are exceedingly rare almost all projects of this kind fall apart within a decade because too many people drop out of the study or funding for the research dries up or the researchers get distracted or they die and nobody moves the ball further down the field but through a combination of luck and the persistence of several generations of researchers this study has survived about 60 of our original 724 men are still alive still participating in the study most of them in their 90's and we are now beginning to study the more than 2,000 children of these men and I'm the fourth director of the study since 1938 we've tracked the lives of two groups of men the first group started in the study when they were sophomores at Harvard College they all finished college during World War two and then most went off to serve in the war and the second group that we've followed was a group of boys from Boston's poorest neighborhoods boys who were chosen for the study specifically because they were from some of the most troubled and disadvantaged families in the Boston of the 1930s most lived in tenements many without hot and cold running water when they entered the study all of these teenagers were interviewed they were given medical exams we went to their homes and we interviewed their parents and then these teenagers grew up into adults who entered all walks of life they became factory workers and lawyers and bricklayers and doctors one president of the United States some developed alcoholism a few develop schizophrenia some climbed the social ladder from the bottom all the way to the very top and some made that journey in the opposite direction the founders of this study would never in their wildest dreams have imagined that I would be standing here today 75 years later telling you that the study still continues every two years our patient and dedicated research staff calls up our men and asked them if we can send them yet one more set of questions about their lives many of the inner-city boston men ask us why do you keep wanting to study me my life just isn't that interesting the Harvard men never asked that question to get the clearest picture of these lives we don't just send them questionnaires we interview them in their living rooms we get their medical records from their doctors we draw their blood we scan their brains we talked to their children we videotape them talking with their wives about their deepest concerns and when about a decade ago we finally asked the wives if they would join us as members of the study many of the women said you know it's about time so what have we learned what are the lessons that come from the tens of thousands of pages of information that we've generated on these lives well the lessons aren't about wealth or fame or working harder and harder the clearest message that we get from this 75 year study is this good relationships keep us happier and healthier period we've learned three big lessons about relationships the first is that social connections are really good for us and that loneliness kills it turns out that people who are more socially connected to family to friends to community are happier they're physically healthier and they live longer than people who are less well-connected and the experience of loneliness turns out to be toxic people who are more isolated than they want to be from others find that they are less happy their health declines earlier in midlife their brain functioning declined sooner and they live shorter lives than people who are not lonely and the sad fact is that at any given time more than one in five Americans will report that they're lonely and we know that you can be lonely in a crowd and you can be lonely in a marriage so the second big lesson that we learned is that it's not just the number of friends you have and it's not whether or not you're in a committed relationship but it's the quality of your close relationships that.

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