In one of my last blog post I wrote about how connectedness can help monkeys survive adversity. If you’ve not read it, do. It’s short and features yellow baboons!
Wondering about the implications on humans I came across an article* on the Harvard Study of Adult Development. The study tracks the health of 268 Harvard sophomores from 1938 onwards. Sadly at the time, this delivered a male-only sample. But that’s another topic. The study expanded to include their offspring and finally their partners.
Close relationships keep people happy. And healthy. People who were the most satisfied in their relationships at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80. On the other hand, loneliness was a killer. On par with alcoholism and smoking. More key findings from the study are presented by Robert Waldinger in an engaging TED talk about “What makes a good life”.
Health trajectories start diverging in your 30ies. At 40 myself, I’ve watched closely and taken note on how to invest in my own happiness. Birthday cake with 100 candles, here I come!
Stay connected, stay healthy
*The Harvard Gazette online, Liz Mineo, April 11th, 2017, ”Good genes are nice, but joy is better”
P.S: Ariana is THE chatbot for the healthcare industry who lets you build relationships that keep you healthy – get in touch to learn how she does it.