NWI Webinar: What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from an 80-year Study of Human Thriving
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NWI Webinar: What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from an 80-year Study of Human Thriving

This webinar is part of NWI's Wellness Webinars series--always free for NWI members!

When: Monday, April 20, 2020
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CT
Where: United States
Presenter: Robert Waldinger, MD
Contact: National Wellness Institute

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What Makes Life Good? Lessons from an 80-year Study of Human Thriving

Lana SaalDate: Monday, April 20, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CENTRAL (CT) time
Presenter: Robert Waldinger, MD


Continuing education credit included!

Webinar Description

For most of the 20th century we measured our wellbeing solely on the basis of gross domestic product. In the last 20 years, people have taken a serious look at what makes us happy. The Harvard Study of Adult Development is one of the only studies in history to track the same people from adolescence into their 90s, to find out what really makes us thrive. We find that the breadth and depth of our relationships with others are keys to wellbeing as we age – not just happiness, but physical health. Loneliness is toxic, and it is ubiquitous. Although relationships are key to our thriving, we have stopped investing in others over the last 70 years. This webinar discusses ways to tend to our connections with others in order to foster our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those we care about.


Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • understand the difference between traditional national and global measures of happiness and research findings on what contributes to life satisfaction.
  • discuss the research on links between relationship functioning and physical health.
  • discuss ideas for attending to and improving relationship functioning.

Webinar Access

Free for NWI members! Register above. Note: Per the presenter's request, a PDF handout of this webinar slides will not be made available to participants.

$60 for Guests/Non-members. (Join NWI now for free access!)

About the Presenter

Dr. Robert Waldinger is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development at Massachusetts General Hospital, the longest longitudinal studies of adult life ever done. His research focuses on what predicts healthy adult development. For 80 years, the Study has followed 2 groups of men recruited as teenagers from Harvard College and from Boston inner city neighborhoods. Funded by the National Institute on Aging, he is now studying more than 1300 of the baby-boomer children of these men to track the influence of childhood experiences on midlife health. His 2015 TED talk about the Study has been viewed by over 30 million people and is one of the most popular TED talks of all time. More information is available at www.lifespanresearch.org. Dr. Waldinger is also a long-time practitioner of Zen meditation, a transmitted teacher and an ordained Zen priest.