In 1938, Harvard researchers embarked on a decades-long study to find out: What makes us happy in life?
The researchers gathered health records from 724 participants from all over the world and asked detailed questions about their lives at two-year intervals.
What Happiness is not:
- Number of sexual partners
- Career Success
- Amount of sex
- Healthy body
- Accumulation of assets
The most consistent finding the researchers found after 85 years of study is: Positive relationships keep you happier, healthier, and help you live longer. Period.
What is Social Fitness?
Our social world is a living thing that needs tending to.
- Positive relationships with co-workers
- Intimate relationships Social fitness requires taking stock of our relationships, and being honest with ourselves about where we’re devoting our time and whether we are tending to the connections that help us thrive.
The Recipe for Positive Relationships:
1. A big dose of time
2. Mutual respect
4. Common Interests
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