It's all about this thing: What makes people really happy

What makes luck?
Being healthy and happy is at the top of the list for most people when it comes to what they expect from life. Both are often associated with each other. But what makes luck? Often it is quite simple circumstances or things that can help. So it is for some a successful holiday, which makes happy and healthy, for others enough chocolate is fortunately. For decades, researchers have dealt with the question of what people really need for a fulfilling life. Studies have shown that this is mainly a matter of concern.

researchers have found the recipe for happiness in a long-term study.(Image: Andrey Popov /

Recipe for Happiness
Actually, one should think that there is no clear answer to what is good luck for thatPeople means. Finally, we are all different from each other. Some people attach particular importance to health, others to a nice home or success in the profession.

But there seems to be actually a recipe for happiness. Researchers at the Harvard University in the US concluded that it is above all good relationships that make us happy.

More about the topic:
  • Oil spill makes people sick
  • Study: Smalltalk makes people more satisfied
  • Hartz IV makes people permanently ill

A probationer was later US President
For their study, the scientists analyzed among other things the data from subjects from two scientific investigations:from the "The Grant Study" with 268 Harvard graduates and the "The Glueck Study" with 456 men who grew up in Boston.

Observation of the study participants has now lasted for over 75 years, some of them have already died, others still remain in contact with the researchers.

There were subjects who had become alcoholics over the decades, remained unsuccessful in the job, or developed mental illness. Others, in turn, became lawyers, physicians, businessmen and one even became US President: John F. Kennedy, the New York Times reported.

study has produced remarkable findings
Over the years, the study has produced many remarkable findings. For example, it has been shown that the most important thing is to give up smoking in order to age well. The researchers also found that aging liberals have a longer and more active sexual life than conservatives.

In addition, alcohol was the primary reason for divorce and that alcohol abuse often preceded depression.

The study had different directors over time. The now fourth is Dr. Robert Waldinger. He expanded the investigation so that the researchers have been focusing not only on men, but also on their wives and children.

It turned out that it was mainly relations with friends and especially the spouse, who have an influence on health and well-being.

In other studies, scientists also found similar findings. Researchers have reported that the marriage can be happier and stress-resistant and a happy partner is good for their own health.

Lucky and healthier
Dr. Waldinger told the magazine "Inc": "The clearest message we get from the 75-year study is: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Point "

In a lecture by Dr. Waldinger, who can be seen on "Ted", he explained that the emphasis was on well: "It is not about the number of friends or whether one is in a committed relationship. What counts is the quality of close relationships. "

You can see the quality of a relationship as you feel confident about yourself, while you share your innermost being with others. And also how vulnerable we are, how deeply the relationship goes. And last but not least, whether we can relax in it and we can be as we are;but also to appreciate the others as he is.

Something to do for a good relationship
According to George Vaillant, who led the study from 1972 to 2004, two main points are: "One is love. The other is to find a way of life that does not supplant love. "

You can also do something like Dr. Waldinger according to "New York Post" stated: "The possibilities are endless," he said."

" Just about time on the screen to replace time with people or give life to a stale relationship by making something new together, taking long walks or going out in the evening. "

In magazine" Inc ", he pointed out that theCohabitation can also be very stressful: "Relationships are chaotic and complicated." But: "A good life is based on good relationships."( Ad)

Long-Term Studies: Researchers Find the Recipe for Happiness
Everyone wants to lead a fulfilling life. However, the opinions differ as to how this should look. For some, prosperity and career are at the top, for others the family. Researchers who have been dealing with the topic for decades have found that it is mainly about a thing that makes us really happy.

Chemotherapy can be counterproductive in cancer

US researchers discover counterproductive effect of chemotherapy 07.08.2012 Chemotherapy is considered to be a promising therapy for a wide variety of cancers. In fact, the treatment may actually accelerate cancer growth in the lon...

Read More

Fainting fits hereditary

Do Genes Determine Susceptibility to Fainting? 07.08.2012 The susceptibility to fainting appears to be genetically conditioned. The research team led by Samuel Berkovic from the University of Melbourne Epilepsy Research Center has...

Read More

Quitting smoking reduces the risk of cataracts

smokers need to be operated more than halfway through surgery Vaginal vision, contrast loss, reduced light-dark adjustment, spatial vision restriction, and visual acuity changes - cataracts significantly reduce the quality of life of those ...

Read More