How to be happy - love, friendship and altruism

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The Grant Study is a 75-year longitudinal study of Harvard graduates (1939-1944) and ‘disadvantaged' youths growing up in Boston (1940-1945).  All white American men, the subjects were followed for 68 years.  One of the Harvard graduates was John F Kennedy.Subjects were evaluated at least every two years using questionnaires, medical records and personal interviews.  Data was gathered about their mental and physical health, career enjoyment and their relationships.For 40 years, George Vaillant has led the study and written books on the findings. Despite the mass of data and analysis accumulated, Vaillant sums up the key to happiness "Happiness is love. Full stop."

  • What goes right is more important than what goes wrong
  • A happy childhood is preferable but an unhappy one can be overcome
  • The ability to achieve [emotional] intimacy is the strongest predictor of health and happiness in old age
  • Participants did manage to change over time; many found love and happiness for the first time later in life
Happiness at work According to new research from Glassdoor, you could also choose to work in one of the happiest workplaces:  Twitter, Facebook and Google score well in the happy workplace charts.And finally, if you're a librarian don't read articles such as this which define librarianship as a dead end job and imply we'd all be a lot better off if we became nutritionists….Additional source: Huffington Post[Follow Val Skelton on Google+]