The Secret to a Fulfilling Life
“How do you spell ‘love’?” asked Piglet. “You don’t spell it….you feel it.” answered Pooh
Pooh knew what he was talking about! But, it took Harvard 75 years to prove it.
Melanie Curtin at Inc.com recently reported on the secret to leading a fulfilling life.
Harvard’s (Grant and Glueck) study tracked the physical and emotional wellbeing of poor men growing up in Boston and male graduates from Harvard. It required multiple generations of researchers, analysis of blood samples, brain scans, self-reported surveys and interactions with the men to compile their findings.
Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development summarized the findings,
“Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.”
Data reveals that the nervous system can relax, the brain stays healthier for longer, and emotional and physical pain is reduced when people have someone to depend on. The study clearly shows that those who feel lonely are more likely to experience a premature decline in physical health and die younger.
It’s not the quantity of relationships one has, but relationships that allow you to be vulnerable and feel safe when seen for who you really are.
That translates into love. Not more money, not a successful career, not more Facebook friends. But, great friendships rooted in love.
The Bible says we love because He first loved us. And, we are told to love one another. God knew what was best all along!
So, let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Originally published on Handwriting on the Wall.