The studies focused on gathering information about subjects’ careers, marital quality, mental and physical health, and retirements in order to gauge the factors of health aging.
The men received questionnaires every two years, physical exams every five years, and face-to-face interviews every fifteen years. Several books have been published on the study, first when the men were in their 40s, and again when they were in their 70s.
About 60 of the 700 original men are still alive and participating in the study well into their 90s, and some of the most notable subjects include politicians like John F. Kennedy.
“The clearest message that we get from this seventy-five-year study is this: good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.”
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“People who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they’re physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less well-connected.”
So look around you: are you surrounded by friends and family? Or do advances at work and financial success dominate your schedule?
It’s like what we learn in Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, “No man is a failure who has friends.”
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