Living the good life

‘’Welcome to the good life’’ sang Kanye West in one of his first hits. We’d all like to be welcomed to the good life. Of course this ‘good life’ that we want to be living means something different for everyone. However, we can generally sum it up to most human beings as a series of never ending days full of satisfaction that only grows more powerful as time goes on.

The subject has animated people to write books and blogs on the matter in the hope of achieving this utopia. You can read some ideas here, just don’t forget to keep us posted on the results.

Many people have gone on further to sum up what makes a good life. Which is why a team of visionary researchers at Harvard enlisted the tools of science to find the answers. So began the Study of Adult Development at the Harvard Medical School, the longest-running study of human happiness. Beginning in 1938, the idea was to illuminate the conditions that enhance wellbeing by following the lives of 268 healthy sophomores from the Harvard classes between 1939 and 1944. You can watch and learn more with this TED talk by Harvard psychologist and Grant Study director Robert Waldinger — the latest of four generations of scientists working on the project — sharing what the study has revealed about happiness, longevity, and the meaningful life.

Vocabulary:

  • sophomores (noun) students in their second year of studies in America

What do you think is the secret to a good life?

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