Summary of What Makes a Good Life?

Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness

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Grandma always told you that love trumps money. Now a Harvard research study proves she was right!


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Wealth, success and fame may seem attractive, but strong, supportive relationships are the keys to a happy and healthy life. Robert Waldinger, the current director of a 75-year Harvard Study of Adult Development, provides evidence to support this conventional wisdom and shares three revelations about true happiness. If affluence and fame are your main drivers, getAbstract suggests this talk may point you in a new direction.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What findings Harvard University’s Study of Adult Development discovered,
  • How the researchers conducted the study and
  • What three important lessons about lifelong happiness the study revealed.


In a recent survey of millennials, 80% claimed a major life goal was “to get rich,” while 50% stated their desire “to become famous.” But do these factors actually deliver on the promise of a good life?
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About the Speaker

Robert Waldinger is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development.

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