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A review of The Good Life book, a treasure trove of lessons on finding happiness.

The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness – by Robert Waldinger, MD, and Marc Schulz, PhD

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For any who have thought “there must be some middle-ground between entirely subjective self-help books advising how to feel better, and sifting through clinical data on what actually affects people’s moods“, this book is exactly that middle-ground!

Drs. Waldinger and Schultz went through the 80-year-long Harvard Study of Adult Development with a fine-toothed comb, and this book details—more readably—what they found.

There are frequent references to data from the study. Not just numbers, though, people’s answers to questions, too. And how different factors about people’s lives affected their answers to the same questions.

We hear from all ages, from young adults to octagenarians, and learn how attitudes (including: of the same people) change over time. Not because people are fickle, but because people grow… or become disillusioned. Or sometimes, both.

We learn about the importance of money… And where that importance ends.

We learn importance of relationships of various kinds, and this is certainly a recurring theme throughout the study—and thus, throughout the book.

The book doesn’t just present data, though, it also presents actionable insights along the way.

Bottom line: the combined wisdom and life-experiences of a lot of people provide a very “big picture” view of life, and what makes us happy, really. We highly recommend it!

Pick up The Good Life from Amazon Today!

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