Apparently, money and fame doesn’t bring real happiness but rather having good relationships.
Indeed, according to a recent study by the University of Harvard, called the « Study of Adult Development » the quality of a relationship is what brings happiness.
Relationships, affection, and happiness
The study conducted to 3000 people sine 1938 has found out that the quality of our relationship is essential to find real happiness.
A healthy relationship (which could be friendship or of the romantic kind) helps to maintain a healthy brain and overall well-being. The reason behind it is that people that have good relationships in their life feel emotionally more connected to other people resulting in an increased self-esteem.
In the same line, the study already investigated about the « security of attachment to spouses in late life » impacting positively in « cognitive and emotional well-being ».
Social ties, commitment, and love
Harvard has explored how social ties are great predictors of well-being. Apparently, they are strongly connected to a higher feeling of security which impacts on better marital satisfaction, « fewer depressions symptoms, better mood, and less frequent marital conflicts ».
Money and fame, long time considered as the factor for happiness have been now debunked… indeed numerous examples can be found of famous and rich people not reaching the happiness state…
Instead, friendship and love, two elements attainable for everybody independently of the work or social situation, seem to be the two aspects to look for in life.
Luckily, dating sites have opened the international word to individuals and nowadays it has become easier to expand the friendship circle and to even look for a romantic and meaningful relationship.