When you ask people what they think the factors are that contribute to a happy life you will probably hear answers like fortune and fame. At first glance it would seem about right. Money, recognition – what’s not to be happy about?
What if you could test those factors? If you could follow a group of people from childhood into their advanced years to see who were the happiest and what it was about their lives that made them so satisfied.
Robert Waldinger is the director of a study that’s been following the lives of a large group of men for the past 75 years. Here he is giving a Ted Talk about what makes a good life. What they found out about happiness might surprise you!