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Read previewA supercentenarian expert shared with Business Insider the nine things people who live to 110 and beyond have in common. Be resilientBeing resilient and able to endure hard times is one of the key predictors of longevity in supercentenarians, Lindberg said. Be spiritualSpirituality, meaning believing in something greater than ourselves versus following a specific religion, is also very common among the supercentenarians that Lindberg has studied. AdvertisementMaintain a healthy weight"There haven't really been any obese supercentenarians," Lindberg said. Dr. Robert Waldinger, the study's lead researcher, previously told BI that healthy relationships had a surprisingly large impact on people's odds of living longer.
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Yet, there's a notable lack of attention and concern given to the social aspect of retirement, experts said. It's a facet of retirement planning that's almost "hidden in plain sight," said Robert Waldinger, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Money is the "obvious" focus when it comes to retirement planning, Waldinger said. Put another way: "Social connections are really good for us" and "loneliness kills," Waldinger explained in a 2015 TED Talk titled "What makes a good life?" "Some people say, 'It's too late for me'" to make new social connections, Waldinger said.
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Rewiring your brain for happiness
  + stars: | 2024-05-25 | by ( Dr. Sanjay Gupta | )   time to read: +10 min
CNN —Happiness is an idea that has been woven into the fabric of humanity, going back to ancient civilizations. Santos believes, however, that with some diligent and intentional practice, you can start to turn up your thermostat of happiness. “Every available study of happy people suggests that happy people are more social,” Santos said. And I would gather the opposite is also true: Social people are happier. Listen to the full episode with happiness professor Laurie Santos here, and join us next week on the podcast when we explore the surprising link between happiness and anxiety.
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Jeff Bridges has been married to his wife Susan for 48 years, and she supported him through cancer. He credits his long, happy life to their relationship: "Marriage is a wonderful thing." download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . And spoiler alert: A lot of that has to do with his wife, Susan Geston Bridges, who was with him. Bridges' sentiment is sweet, but also backed by scienceJeff and Susan Bridges in 1977.
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Read previewIf one wanted to be cynical about the length of today’s romantic relationships, it wouldn’t be hard. At first glance, they’re all quite different: Rita Smith and Theodore Smith, Sr. are devout Christians in New Orleans, Louisiana who speak openly about their sex life on TikTok . Yet for all their differences, the couples all share some core commonalities that make their relationships so successful. “It gets you stimulated, and when you do go home, the next thing you know you want to take your bath and be sexual again,” Rita Smith, 62, said. “I like to have this pink piece around my neck, it just makes me feel more sexy,” Rita Smith said.
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Loving relationships with friends, family, and romantic partners are known to be good for mental health. Benefits include living longer, dulling physical pain, and more. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . (Just look at 99-year-old former President Jimmy Carter, who was married to his late wife Rosalynn for 77 years.)
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There's a lot of advice out there about how to be happier — from exercising more to practicing gratitude — and it can be difficult to identify just one small change you can make right now to improve your well-being. Thankfully, according to Dr. Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, there is one quick habit you can adopt to increase your happiness, which he shared during The Atlantic Festival in September. The decades-long Harvard happiness study that Waldinger directs found that people who are great at connecting with, and reaching out to, others everyday were the happiest, and were able to be more resilient when facing challenges in life. This skill is often referred to as social fitness, which is the act of consistently reviewing how we pour into our relationships, and improving any imbalances to become better friends and partners. DON'T MISS: 3 ways to ‘buy happiness’, says Harvard expert: With ‘a little knowledge and practice’ anyone can do it
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The unhappiest jobs are also some of the loneliest, according to an 85-year study from Harvard researchers. While particular roles can't be reliably correlated with dissatisfaction and burnout, certain job characteristics can be, Robert Waldinger, MD, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest-running studies on happiness, tells CNBC Make It. Jobs that require little human interaction and don't offer opportunities to build meaningful relationships with co-workers tend to have the most miserable employees, the study found. "It's a critical social need that should be met in all aspects of our lives," Waldinger explains. "Plus, if you are more connected to people, you feel more satisfied with your job, and do better work."
People who fare the best in retirement find ways to cultivate connections with others, according to Harvard's 85-year happiness study. In 1938, Harvard researchers embarked on a study that continues to this day to find out: What makes us happy in life? As participants entered mid- and late-life, the Harvard Study often asked about retirement. 1 challenge people faced in retirement was not being able to replace the social connections that had sustained them for so long at work. Retirees don't miss working, they miss the peopleWhen it comes to retirement, we often stress about things like financial concerns, health problems and caregiving.
‘Is This It?’ When Success Isn’t Satisfying
  + stars: | 2023-03-06 | by ( Rachel Feintzeig | )   time to read: 1 min
You got the job, won the award, launched the new project to accolades. So why don’t you feel better? “You get the title and it’s, like, ‘Ugh. Is this it?’” says Robert Waldinger , a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School who leads a longitudinal study, started in 1938, on how people thrive.
In 1938, Harvard researchers embarked on a decades-long study to find out: What make us happy in life? The most consistent finding we've learned through 85 years of study is: Positive relationships keep us happier, healthier, and help us live longer. 1 key to a happy life: 'Social fitness'Relationships affect us physically. But our social life is a living system, and it needs exercise. Romantic intimacy: Do you feel satisfied with the amount of romantic intimacy in your life?
NEW YORK, Feb 6 (Reuters) - For generations, society has grappled with the question of whether money brings happiness. That's according to the findings of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the world's longest study on happiness. In the Harvard study, the sample of participants with “more prestigious jobs and more money were no happier in their lives,” Schulz says. “Rather than buying a bigger house or a nicer car, if you use your money to share experiences with others, that money will get you a better return on happiness,” Schulz says. DO A MINI-HARVARD STUDY – ON YOURSELFHow the Harvard Study operates is by checking in with respondents – 724 original participants, some of whom are still around, and 1,300 descendants – for occasional reflection and self-evaluation.
When it comes to understanding what happens to people as they go through life, pictures of entire lives—of the choices people make and the paths they follow, and how it all works out for them—are almost impossible to get. Most of what we know about human life we know from asking people to remember the past, and memories are full of holes. The more time that passes, the more details we forget, and research shows that the act of recalling an event can actually change our memory of it. 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 matters to a person’s health and happiness, and which investments really paid off?
‘The Good Life’ Review: The Habit of Happiness
  + stars: | 2023-01-12 | by ( Richard J. Mcnally | )   time to read: +1 min
What constitutes a life well-lived? In their captivating book “The Good Life: Lessons From the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness,” the psychiatrist Robert Waldinger and the clinical psychologist Marc Schulz convey key lessons that arise from studying the lifetimes of hundreds of individuals across the 20th and 21st centuries. Dr. Waldinger teaches at Harvard Medical School; Mr. Schulz at Bryn Mawr. They are the current directors of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, an investigation now in its 85th year of data collection. The purpose of both studies, long since merged, was to identify predictors of health, happiness and flourishing in young adulthood and beyond.
How Strong Are Your Relationships?
  + stars: | 2023-01-01 | by ( Jancee Dunn | )   time to read: 1 min
The first step in the 7-Day Happiness Challenge is to assess your relationships. These 13 questions were designed in partnership with Dr. Robert Waldinger, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, to help you take stock of the range and strength of your many social ties. As you submit answers for each question, a visual representation of your dynamic social world will appear.
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