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    mudra

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    The 75-Year Study That Found The Secrets To A Fulfilling Life

    Post  mudra on Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:50 am


    The 75-Year Study That Found The Secrets To A Fulfilling Life

    What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many decades, following the lives of real people from childhood until old age, in order to see how they changed and what they learned. And it would probably be too ambitious for anyone to actually undertake.

    Only, a group of Harvard researchers did undertake it, producing a comprehensive, flesh-and-blood picture of some of life’s fundamental questions: how we grow and change, what we value as time goes on, and what is likely to make us happy and fulfilled.

    The study, known as the Harvard Grant Study, has some limitations -- it didn’t include women, for starters. Still, it provides an unrivaled glimpse into a subset of humanity, following 268 male Harvard undergraduates from the classes of 1938-1940 (now well into their 90s) for 75 years, collecting data on various aspects of their lives at regular intervals. And the conclusions are universal.

    We spoke to George Vaillant, the Harvard psychiatrist who directed the study from 1972 to 2004 and wrote a book about it, in order to revisit the study’s findings. Below, five lessons from the Grant Study to apply to your own pursuit of a happier and more meaningful life.

    Love Is Really All That Matters

    It may seem obvious, but that doesn’t make it any less true: Love is key to a happy and fulfilling life. As Vaillant puts it, there are two pillars of happiness. "One is love," he writes. "The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away."

    Vaillant has said that the study's most important finding is that the only thing that matters in life is relationships. A man could have a successful career, money and good physical health, but without supportive, loving relationships, he wouldn't be happy ("Happiness is only the cart; love is the horse.").

    It’s About More than Money and Power

    The Grant Study's findings echoed those of other studies -- that acquiring more money and power doesn't correlate to greater happiness. That’s not to say money or traditional career success don’t matter. But they’re small parts of a much larger picture -- and while they may loom large for us in the moment, they diminish in importance when viewed in the context of a full life.

    “We found that contentment in the late 70s was not even suggestively associated with parental social class or even the man’s own income," says Vaillant. "In terms of achievement, the only thing that matters is that you be content at your work.”

    Regardless of How We Begin Life, We Can All Become Happier

    A man named Godfrey Minot Camille went into the Grant study with fairly bleak prospects for life satisfaction: He had the lowest rating for future stability of all the subjects and he had previously attempted suicide. But at the end of his life, he was one of the happiest. Why? As Vaillant explains, “He spent his life searching for love.”

    read on:  Arrow http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/11/how-this-harvard-psycholo_n_3727229.html

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    Movement of Life Dr. Matthias Rath

    Post  B.B.Baghor on Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:02 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cndo4BJt2fA&feature=youtu.be&t=34m


    Movement of Life
    "Dr. Rath was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1955. After graduating from medical school he worked as a physician
    and researcher at the University Clinic of Hamburg, Germany and the German Heart Center in Berlin. His research
    focused on the causes of arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

    I think this tubby connects to the former post, at least it offers some secrets to a fulfilling life, based on the skills
    of Dr. Matthias Rath, who helped to cure many serious diseases in patients. In the comments of this tubby, people
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    To me, it's a beautiful and simple wisdom, the way it's expressed in the former post: "As Vaillant puts it, there are
    two pillars of happiness. "One is love," he writes. "The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push
    love away." To me, love is life in motion, a silent witness and guardian of our cellular vibration too.

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