Nov 27, 2013

What makes men happy?

Just read the results of a 75 year study of what makes men happy. The stated goal of the Harvard study was to determine what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. See the study report here. For complete details, check out the book that came out of this work, Triumph of Experience. 

The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points to a straightforward five-word conclusion: “Happiness is love.  Full stop.”  In Triumphs of Experience, Vaillant raises a number of factors more often than others, but the one he refers to most often is the powerful correlation between the warmth of your relationships and your health and happiness in your later years. Those scoring highest with regard to ‘warm relationships’ also earned significantly more money and professional success.

Other Key Findings:

  • Marriages bring much more contentment after age 70
  • Physical aging after 80 determined less by heredity than by habits formed prior to age 50.
  • Alcoholism is the single strongest cause of divorce
  • No noticeable difference in maximum income earned by men with IQs in the 110-115 range vs. men above 150
  • Aging liberals have way more sex.  Most conservative men on average stop having sex around age 68, while the most liberal men had healthy sex lives well into their 80s.

Hear a podcast describing the results: