Relationship with Life

I recently watched the TED Talk, “What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness” by Robert Waldinger, MD, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. This 75-year-old study is one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history.

Most people think fame and money are the key to happiness, but the data from this study proves this notion wrong. **SPOILER ALERT** Dr. Waldinger says, “The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.”

Think of all the relationships in your life, with your spouse or partner, parents, siblings, daughters, sons, friends, cousins, coworkers, and neighbors. You likely nourish these relationships and tend to them.

But what about your relationship with life itself?

Do you nurture it and tend to it and take care of it?

Or do you just let it happen to you?

If relationships are the key to a happy and healthy life, we should focus on being intentional with our relationship with life, nurturing it, tending to it, and living it to the fullest.

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