The Harvard Study of Adult Development from Harvard Medical School has shown that leading a happy life improves physical and mental health upon reaching adulthood.
According to the research, more than money or fame, close relationships are what keep people happy throughout their lives. These connections protect people from the unsatisfying aspects of life, they help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives.
The study, which began in 1938, has followed the lives of 724 men by asking them about their work, family and health. The men were divided into two groups: the first were sophomores at Harvard, and the second were youth from low-income neighborhoods and disadvantaged families in Boston, United States. May interest you: Age related changes.
Although many of the participants have already died, the study has continued with their children.
“Good relationships not only benefit our bodies, they also protect our brains and keep us healthy, decreasing the chances of suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s,” said Robert J. Waldinger, a professor at Harvard Medical School.