Good Relationships Keep Us Happier and Healthier

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An article written by Melanie Curtin which appeared in, reported on a 75-year-long study conducted by Harvard University that tracked the physical and emotional well-being of 724 men. According to Robert Waldinger, the current director of the study, “The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.” The article goes on to say that we could have everything we’ve ever wanted, but if we don’t have loving relationships, we won’t be happy. Mr. Waldinger further points out that it’s not the number for friends we have that matters, it’s the quality of our close relationships that makes the difference. In his own words, “The good life is built with good relationships.”

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  1. Ross, I really liked this column, as it hit home for us. We moved 16 times in our 29-year Air Force career, and can look back to each move/assignment and count at least one, usually two, families that are still close friends that we keep in close contact with. A military career tends to create an environment for easily making friendships that last. Enjoyed your recap of the most unlikely family reunion in a long time. Really enjoyed meeting cousins that I didn’t even know existed, along with those I haven’t seen in over 50 years!! Take care, Ann and Dave

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