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Study Finds Positive Relationships Make for a Happy Life

An eight-decade study identifies the factor in life most associated with joy

In 1938, Harvard University researchers embarked on an ambitious long-term study to determine what creates happiness in life.

To date, this project has followed 724 men from various socioeconomic backgrounds–from the original group of 268 Harvard undergrads to inner-city Boston neighborhoods–in one of the world's longest studies of adult life.

Over the years, the researchers have collected and analyzed a vast array of information from each participant’s health records, as well as in-person interviews, questionnaires and interviews with family members about their lives and their mental and emotional wellness at two-year intervals. The results indicate that specific traits and behaviors are linked with increased happiness levels across the entire group and over time.

Please select this link to read the complete article from Psychology Today.

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