Health is happiness. But only after we’ve experienced true sickness can we testify to this. It’s the “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” mentality. We don’t realize how great it is to be healthy until we’ve been sick.
It turns out, though, that health and happiness are long-term commitments.
Triumphs of Experience
In 1938 a Harvard study began to unveil the secrets of health and happiness. This study would wind up being the longest-run study of human development in history. And, as luck would have it, many of the things we thought we already knew are now being proven in clarifying detail.
The study, known as the Harvard Grant Study, began by examining the life of 268 Harvard students, and would proceed to follow them over the course of their lives. George Vaillant, who ran the study for thirty years, published the findings in his book, Triumphs of Experience.
A few of the more notable highlights include:
- Money and social class don’t matter. It’s been shown in multiple studies, and backed up by the Grant Study, that an income over $78K does not increase happiness.
- At any time you can change your life. The study says, “…the people who did well in old age did not necessarily do so well in midlife, and vice versa” … “and even between 70 to 90 years of age growth continues”
- Your health choices early in life determine your vitality later in life. “..physical aging after 80 is determined less by heredity than by habits formed prior to age 50. The credit for growing old with grace and vitality, it seems, goes more to ourselves than to our stellar genetic makeup.” [emphasis added]
- As far as income goes, a greater IQ has no bearing. Whew!
- Alcoholism is a disorder of great destructive power. Again and again alcohol has been shown to be one of the most dangerous drugs in destroying one’s life. Alcohol is, after all, just partially fermented sugar, and sugar has the same damaging effect in the body. This is why, in The DNA Reset, removing these substances from one’s life is the first step.
- Happiness and success are most dependent on warm relationships. The author of the study placed the most importance on this factor over all others. In fact he goes on to say, “Men who had ‘warm’ childhood relationships with their mothers took home $87,000 more per year than men whose mothers were uncaring.”
The conclusions of the $25 million study:
Health + Warm Relationships = Love.Health + Warm Relationships = Love. Click To Tweet
Vaillant even discussed his own personal life in relation to the findings: “If you ask my children, they would all say that I’ve been more interested in having a brilliant career and less interested in just hanging out with them, and if I had it to do over again, I would have spent more time with my children.”
Remember what’s truly important in life and what’s going to make you happy, because in the end, that’s all that matters.
If you don’t have your health then you’ll never be able to fully love another – not even yourself. And you definitely won’t be able to receive love.
Love and Health . . . that’s the key . . . and maybe a fantastic view of a beautiful sunset over the water.