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Lessons From The Harvard Health Study on Happiness with Dr. Robert Waldinger

February 6, 2023

The Harvard Study of Adult Development is the longest scientific study of happiness and health that’s ever been conducted. The results? Strong relationships make you feel better and live longer. Dr. Diana Hill sits down with psychiatrist and Zen priest Dr. Robert Waldinger to discuss his research findings and strategies you can use to make […]

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The Harvard Study of Adult Development is the longest scientific study of happiness and health that’s ever been conducted. The results? Strong relationships make you feel better and live longer. Dr. Diana Hill sits down with psychiatrist and Zen priest Dr. Robert Waldinger to discuss his research findings and strategies you can use to make your friendships, partnerships, work relationships, and even casual ties more meaningful.

Listen and Learn:

  1. The evolution of the Harvard Health Study
  2. Dr. Waldinger’s answers to his own research questions
  3. Why relationships are so good for our health
  4. How to map out your social universe
  5. How Zen informs Dr. Waldinger’s research
  6. The science of seeking to understand vs. seeking accuracy
  7. The power of generosity and attention in relationships
  8. Why you should order your coffee in person
  9. An exercise to reflect on your life
  10. The question Dr. Waldinger really wants to answer

About Dr. Robert Waldinger

Robert Waldinger is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development at Massachusetts General Hospital, and cofounder of the Lifespan Research Foundation. Dr. Waldinger received his AB from Harvard College and his MD from Harvard Medical School. He is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and he directs a psychotherapy teaching program for Harvard psychiatry residents. He is also a Zen master (Roshi) and teaches meditation in New England and around the world. Robert is the co-author of the book The Good Life: Lessons From the World’s Longest Scientific Study on Happiness (Simon and Schuster; January 10, 2023).

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