What Makes Us Happy? by Joshua Wolf Shenk

What Makes Us Happy?

An inside look at an unprecedented seven-decade study of a group of Harvard men suggests that one thing, above all, truly makes a difference.

by Joshua Wolf Shenk

This fascinating article, published on the Atlantic Monthly in June 2009, describes the longitudinal research of Harvard men done by psychiatrist George Valliant, who underscored the importance of positive emotion and relationships (among other things) in predicting longevity and satisfaction.  A must read.

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