The factors that contribute to a happy and healthy life are not a mystery—despite how we often feel. Psychiatrist and lead author of the book The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Largest Scientific Study of Happiness, Dr. Bob Waldinger, shares a few key findings from the study that has been ongoing for 85 years. One of the key findings is that the quality of relationships is the strongest predictor of happiness and health, even more so than factors like cholesterol levels or blood pressure. Dr. Waldinger emphasize the importance of fostering warm and connected relationships, both in personal and professional settings. He also discusses the prevalence of loneliness and the need for curiosity and generosity in building relationships. Waldinger advises taking small risks and finding ways to be present in the moment as a means of improving social connections.
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