468: The secret sauce of happiness | Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, M.D.
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Robert Waldinger, M.D.: “People who are more concerned about others are happier.”
Robert, a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and Zen practitioner, joins us to discuss how to live a life full of purpose, happiness, and health, plus:
- Robert’s professional background and research (~00:13 )
- What makes up a “good” life? (~01:15 )
- The longest study every done on adult life (~02:01 )
- What happiness looked like 80 years ago versus today (~03:21 )
- Why we’re more unhappy than ever (~06:27 )
- Why strong relationships are crucial for well-being (~07:39 )
- How happiness changes as you age (~10:03 )
- The biggest takeaways from the Harvard Study of Adult Development (~11:42 )
- How casual relationships impact your health (~12:54 )
- How technology & social media really affects happiness (~14:33 )
- Why wealth & fame makes some people happy but not others (~17:26 )
- A meditation practice for genuine happiness (~21:04 )
- Why loneliness is a huge health issue (~22:33 )
- How to make genuine connects with others (~23:33 )
- The role of purpose & community in happiness (~30:16 )
- The biggest happiness myths (~34:37 )
- Why not every friendship has to last (~37:02 )
- The keys to maintaining happiness from generation to generation (~39:21 )
- The future of happiness research (~43:11 )
- How to start a social fitness routine (~45:32 )
Referenced in the episode:
- Robert's book, The Good Life.
- The Harvard Study of Adult Development.
- Watch Robert's TED Talk.
- Huberman Lab Podcast episode on happiness.
- A survey revealing 1 in 4 Gen Z-ers plan to become influencers.
- Bowling Alone, by Robert Putnam.
- Read more about Erik Erikson's theory of generativity.
- Sign up for The Long Game.
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