by Sarah Perlman
What makes for a happy life? It’s a question we all ask ourselves and continually make strides to answer in different ways and by new means—making more money, moving somewhere new, taking a new job, you name it. Robert Waldinger, renowned Harvard psychiatrist, Zen priest, and psychoanalyst, has spent much of his career researching the answer. He directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, which at 78 years running (and counting) is likely the longest study of adult life ever done. His TED talk “What makes a good life?” has been viewed over 13 million times, making it one of the most popular TED talks of all time. Here, he shares some of the most inspiring insights about relationships and talks about his own journey to happiness and resilience.