There is a study that has been going on for 75 years; the longest social study in human history. And as I started my morning slow-paced, like I always do, the study came onto my path and changed me – which I know is a big claim to make, but some things deserve big claims.
I could try and explain all that it said, all that it means, and all that it changes for the lot of us, but mister Robert Waldinger will do a much better job than I ever could.
But what if we could watch entire lives as they unfold through time? What if we could study people from the time that they were teenagers all the way into old age to see what really keeps people happy and healthy?
We did that. The Harvard Study of Adult Development may be the longest study of adult life that’s ever been done. For 75 years, we’ve tracked the lives of 724 men, year after year, asking about their work, their home lives, their health, and of course asking all along the way without knowing how their life stories were going to turn out.
If you want to start your weekend on a different, more joyful and passion-driven note, please watch this. Whatever it is you do today, please take those thirteen minutes to carefully listen to the message.