How can you live your best life? One of the world’s longest-running health studies seeks to find the answer.
In 1938, the Harvard Study of Adult Development began following two groups of young men – some from inner-city Boston and others who studied at Harvard, including President John F. Kennedy and Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. What began as a study about adult development transformed into a 75-year examination of what keeps men happy and healthy.
“What we realized was that we had an amazing resource – we could look at their health, relationships their work lives – and all of that added up show how happy they were in their lives,” said Dr. Robert Waldinger, the fourth director of the study. “And so we started looking at the whole package.”