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What Aging Can Teach Us About Happiness

What Aging Can Teach Us About Happiness
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The director of a 72-year Harvard study shares some of the key lessons on what leads to a happy life.

Paloma M. Vazquez
  • 11 october 2010

A piece at The Atlantic featured a video of Dr. George Vaillant, director of a 72-year Harvard study on aging, sharing what his studies have taught him define or contribute to a happy life. Among our discussions on creativity, productivity and ideas – lessons on what contribute to a long, happy life are always worth sharing;

  • Happiness isn’t about ‘me’: You can put yourself in positions where happiness lies – like gardening, for instance- but the act becomes about doing it for someone else. You garden to take care of the plants – not for the plants to make you a winner at horticulture).
  • Have something to prove: Be good at what you do best – figure out what you love, what you’re best at, and do it. Enjoy the very human process – it may take time, but at least you’ll have fun doing it.
  • Real happiness: a full laundry room can symbolize a full life surrounded by people with whom you are active and busy. Enjoy where you are now
  • The take-away lesson: Nothing is perfect – happiness is playing, working and loving – and loving is the most important.

Dr. George Vaillant

The Atlantic: “The Pursuit of Happiness”

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