What comes to your mind when you hear the word happiness? Many of you might be thinking about money, but I have to say that you are not the only ones. Over 80 percent of today’s teenagers believe that a mayor goal in their life is to become rich.
Everybody seeks happiness, but finding it isn’t an easy task. We are constantly seeking out the things we consider will deliver it, the problem is that many of these things make us happy just for a while.
However, a recent study “The Harvard Study of Adult Development” reveals surprising facts about what keeps people happy and healthy. This study has tracked for 75 years lives of two different groups of men. The first group was formed by teenagers at Harvard College of whom many went off to serve during World War II. On the other hand, the second group was constituted by a group of boys who grew up in the inner-city neighborhoods of Boston. Today, 75 years later, the study still continues.
And, what are the major findings of this study? What keeps people happy and healthy? Well, you might not be surprised to read that is neither money nor fame. The main lesson that we can draw out from this study is about relationships. In this sense, good relationships are good for us whereas loneliness proves to be harmful.
By observing the lives of these groups of men, it turns out that people who socially interact more with other people are happier and live longer than those who don’t. In fact, those persons who live more isolated from family, friends and the society in general are less happy and live shorter. However, these relationships are not measure in quantity but quality. To this effect, warm relationships are good both for our body and our brain whereas conflict relationships result in a decline of the health earlier in midlife, decline of the brain’s functioning and a shorter life.
As mentioned many of the people of the study initially believed that in order to have a good life, it was necessary to go after wealth or fame. Nonetheless, during the course of the study it has been proved that the happiest people were those who had built good relationships with other members.
Nevertheless, most of us know the theory but why do we keep on ignoring this reality? Well, the human being is ambitious to progress and we are constantly pushed to achieve more and more. We want quick answers and facts without putting too much effort on it, and this is somehow incongruous with building long-lasting relationships.
Besides this, in today’s business world relationships gain more importance as they are an integral and necessary part of success. However, people don’t seem to put in the work. Consequently, it is necessary to step outside your comfort zone, therein lies the disposition of a good entrepreneur.
Certainly, relationships can be complicated, but the benefits of leaning in to relationships are invaluable. Thus, do you think you are in the right path to live a happy and healthy long life?