While it’s said that money doesn’t buy happiness, how many of us actually believe that? Well, according to the Higher Education Research Institute, nearly three-quarters of millennials would disagree with this adage. And, in fact, a generation-spanning study by Harvard researchers – which began way back in 1938 and included a late president – suggests that the root of true contentment could be much closer to home.
What’s more, this ongoing research – all carried out as part of the Harvard Study of Adult Development – has revealed that happy people not only live longer, but they also resist the rigors of age more successfully. General satisfaction wasn’t an easy concept to monitor, though, given the obstacles that the project researchers faced. And while the team involved began by studying teenagers, they needed long-term observations for accurate results – meaning, of course, that the subjects would have to be followed into their golden years, too.