Have you ever thought about what keeps you happy in life? Is it money, fame, a good career, shopping, traveling or partying? Well, any of these might help to cheer you up for some time but a study done by Harvard University suggests that it is our healthy relationships that bring us everlasting happiness.
02/8 The study started in 1938
This study began way back in 1938 and took almost 80 years to complete. Interestingly, the researchers started tracking the lives of 268 students, and it is one of the comprehensive longitudinal studies done till now.
03/8 The participants are now in their 90s
The original participants of this study, who are still alive, are now in their 90s. The researchers also included the children of these participants, who are in their 50s and 60s now, to expand this study. While some of the participants went on to become successful doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs, a few turned out to be alcoholics and schizophrenics.
04/8 What researchers tracked
In order to get detailed data of participant’s personal life, mental and physical health, the researchers analysed their medical reports and brain scans, conducted in-person interviews and asked them to fill questionnaires. Not just this, the researchers also tracked their quality of life from the information they gathered about their professional and married life.
05/8 It’s all about relationships
The study concluded that our relationships have a strong influence on our happiness levels and overall health. In simple words, good relationships help to keep us happy throughout our life!
06/8 Relationships are good for your mental health
The study indicates that maintaining a good relationship with your near and dear ones is crucial for one’s good health. A person experiences lower levels of anxiety when he or she has someone to count on at the time of need.
07/8 Loneliness kills!
The research also mentioned that maintaining good relationships is a form of self-care as well, and those who have good social support are less prone to mental deterioration as they age. Also, one of the researchers of this study shared in his TED talk, “Loneliness kills. It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.”
08/8 Is marriage good for your health?
Well, the study indirectly throws light on the importance of marrying the right person. Couples who feel secure and loved in their marriage are more likely to be healthy and happy and therefore, live a more content life.
Source: Times of India