Might sound trite or corny, but go see a friend.
The research regarding what it takes to live a long life and what it takes to live a happy life overlap significantly. One of the things they share is spending time with friends.
Harvard happiness expert Dan Gilbert says that what brings us the most happiness is family and friends.
Having a better social life can be worth as much as an additional $131,232 a year in terms of life satisfaction.
Most of what we do to relieve stress doesn’t actually work. Friends, however, do take the edge off.
Connecting with and helping others is more important than obsessing over a rigorous exercise program.
What yes/no question can likely predict whether you will be alive and happy at age 80?
The Longevity Project details a research project at Harvard that has followed 268 men for over 72 years, making it one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history.
What was the most important lesson the scientists learned?
And, sorry: Facebook isn’t enough. John Cacioppo, author of Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, explains that technology is best if you use it to arrange face-to-face contact:
And choose wisely. Spending time with fake friends — or “frenemies” — is worse than spending time with real enemies:
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This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
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