Wed, 19 April 2023

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm BST

The Good Life – Lessons from the World’s Longest Study on Happiness

Harvard Professors Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz

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What is the key to a good life? Harvard’s Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz are the world’s leading experts on the science of happiness, and they join us live in London to reveal the answer.

Robert Waldinger and Marc Schultz are the directors of one of the most remarkable science experiments yet devised: the Harvard Study of Adult Development, an investigation into human wellbeing that began in 1938 and continues in the present day.

For over eight decades, the study has tracked the same individuals and their families, asking thousands of questions and taking hundreds of measurements—from brain scans to blood work—with the goal of discovering what really makes for a good and meaningful life.

Now Robert and Marc join us to reveal the surprising truth: the stronger our relationships, the more likely we are to live happy, satisfying and overall healthier lives.

In this live event, they will bring together scientific precision, traditional wisdom, incredible real-life stories and actionable insights to prove once and for all that our own wellbeing and ability to flourish is absolutely within our control.

Praise for Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz’s The Good Life:

‘Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz lead us on an empowering quest towards our greatest need: meaningful human connection. Blending research from an ongoing 80-year study of life satisfaction with emotional storytelling proves that ancient wisdom has been right all along – a good life is built with good relationships.’ – Jay Shetty

‘In a crowded field of life advice and even life advice based on scientific research, Schulz and Waldinger stand apart. Capitalizing on the most intensive study of adult development in history, they tell us what makes a good life and why.’ – Angela Duckworth

‘Waldinger and Schulz are world experts on the counterintuitive things that make life meaningful. Their book will provide welcome advice for a world facing unprecedented levels of unhappiness and loneliness.’ – Laurie Santos

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Robert Waldinger

Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr Robert Waldinger is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development at Massachusetts General Hospital, and cofounder of the Lifespan Research Foundation. Dr. Waldinger received his AB from Harvard College and his MD from Harvard Medical School. He is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and he directs a psychotherapy teaching program for Harvard psychiatry residents. He is also a Zen master (Roshi) and teaches meditation in New England and around the world.

Marc Schulz

Associate Director, Harvard Study of Adult Development

Dr Marc Schulz is the associate director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development and the Sue Kardas PhD 1971 Chair in Psychology at Bryn Mawr College. He also directs the Data Science Program and previously chaired the psychology department and Clinical Developmental Psychology PhD program at Bryn Mawr. Dr. Schulz received his BA from Amherst College and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a practicing therapist with postdoctoral training in health and clinical psychology at Harvard Medical School.