Love — it makes us smile, it makes us giggle and it makes us rejoice in the little moments we share together. In other words, love makes us happier human beings.
But how much does love help (or a lack of love hinder) our happiness? Harvard's famous Grant Study spent 75 years trying to answer that exact question.
George E. Vaillant, the psychiatrist who led the study for more than 40 years, concludes: "The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points to a straightforward five-word conclusion: Happiness is love. Full stop."
As Vaillant puts it, there are two pillars of happiness: "One is love. The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away."
So now, quantifiable research proves what we've suspected all along: love is key to leading a happy and fulfilled life. You can have a successful career, make a income and be in top physical health, but without supportive relationships to help you overcome life’s obstacles and celebrate life's every day moments, you won't find the happiness you seek.
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