Before we can even begin to evaluate the worth of a good relationship, it’s important to understand what’s at stake.
The answers aren’t always clear in the near term.
But we’ve learned a few things over time.
If you want to know how valuable a good relationship is, the Harvard Study is a great resource.
It started in 1938, is still going on, included only men (Harvard wasn’t coed at the time) and now includes wives, children and grandchildren.
- Close relationships keep us happy over time; significantly more so than money or fame.
- Relationships and how happy we are in them has a powerful effect on our health.
- Loneliness kills and is as dangerous to our health as smoking and alcoholism.