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4 Life Lessons That Lead to Happiness, Success and Longevity

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1) “Happiness is love. Full Stop.”

When asked to succinctly summarize his findings, what did George Valliant, who shepherded the Grant Study, say?

“Happiness is love. Full Stop.”

Via Triumphs of Experience:

The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points, at least to me, to a straightforward five-word conclusion: “Happiness is love. Full stop.” Virgil, of course, needed only three words to say the same thing, and he said them a very long time ago— Omnia vincit amor, love conquers all— but unfortunately he had no data to back them up.

The Terman Study agrees — having a large social network and nurturing relationships adds years to your life.

Optimism will make you happier but a little worrying can add years to your life. It’s a balance.

That said, in general what it takes to live a happy life and long life overlap nicely.

In The Longevity Project, Howard Friedman bullets points a number of things shown to boost joy and longevity:

  1. Watch less TV
  2. Improve social relations— spend time with friends
  3. Increase levels of physical activity— go for a long walk
  4. Help others and express gratitude to those who have helped you
  5. Take on new challenges to remain fresh and in-the-moment

And the happiest people didn’t run down a checklist — they lived a lifestyle where these were organic and natural habits.

For more on increasing happiness, click here.

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