The Surprising Science About Relationships & Happiness | Robert Waldinger

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The Surprising Science About Relationships & Happiness | Robert Waldinger

What if the key to living a good life is actually a lot closer than we all realize? Whether you're a long-time listener of the podcast or this is your first time tuning in, I bet some part of you is searching for the answers to living a good, meaningful life. You've probably wondered what the keys to happiness or good health, or fortune are. In our last episode, I shared a simple model for a really good life that I call the Good Life Buckets. If you haven’t listened, be sure to tee that up next. 

Today, we’re diving even deeper into the role that relationships and people play in our ability to feel human, to feel alive, and to flourish in all parts of life with a very special guest, someone passionate about uncovering and sharing the keys to living a good life, Dr. Robert Waldinger. 

He's a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the longest-running study on human flourishing ever conducted, now spanning over 80 years. The insights that have come out of it are profound, and also, for many, surprising, especially in the context of the importance of relationships on our ability to be happy, no matter what else comes our way.

Bob is also the co-author of the book The Good Life: Lessons From the World's Longest Scientific Study on Happiness , and I'm excited to dive deeper today into some of the insights shared in his book. In this conversation, Dr. Waldinger reveals some myths about happiness and living a good life that some of us cling to, what the data says actually matters and what doesn’t, and how to invest more effectively in the pursuit of happiness. 

You can find Robert at: Website| LinkedIn | TED Talk

If you LOVED this episode: you’ll also love last week’s episode about a simple model for a really good life.

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  • Sophie

    Packed with purpose! These short bites of knowledge and wonder will give you inspiration to stay on your mission, build consistency, and serve others with all your heart!


    BEEN WAITING FOR THIS. Thank you Andrew for everything you do. Youre a true hero to society for the research you do and for sharing it with the public.

    6 months ago·4 likes·

    Love the podcast, good episode and clear audio! Keep these comming

    6 months ago·10 likes·
  • martin

    Albert Einstein said, 'If you can't explain it simply enough, you haven't understood it well enough'.Dr Andrew brings such simplicity to explaining the workings of the brain. It's actually a hacker's guide into our own brain. You are doing great service to humanity Dr Andrew.


    This is how all podcasts should be

    6 months ago·7 likes·

    @Mario This podcast is super fun to listen to and motivating, keep those new episodes going

    6 months ago·7 likes·
  • Chris

    Great episode loved 12:30 the most good interview


    Good stuff keep it up

    6 months ago·5 likes·

    This podcast and the sub has made the show better

    6 months ago·2 likes·

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