An 85- year Harvard research study on joy discovered theNo 1 retirement difficulty that ‘nobody speaks about’

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In 1938, Harvard scientists started a research study that continues to this day to learn: What makes us delighted in life?

The scientists collected health records from 724 individuals from all over the world, asking comprehensive concerns about their lives at two-year periods.

As individuals went into mid- and late-life, the Harvard Study frequently inquired about retirement. Based on their reactions, theNo 1 difficulty individuals dealt with in retirement was not having the ability to change the social connections that had actually sustained them for so long at work.

Retirees do not miss out on working, they miss out on individuals

Taking on hobbies might not be enough

To retire happy, invest in your relationships now

To create more meaningful connections, ask yourself:

At the end of the day, notice how your experiences might affect your sense of meaning and purpose. It could be that this influence is, on balance, a good one. But if not, are there any small changes you can make?

“When I look back,” Ellen Freund, a former university administrator, told the study in 2006, “I wish I paid more attention to the people and less to the problems. I loved my job. But I think I was a difficult and impatient boss. I guess, now that you mention it, I wish I got to know everyone a little better.”

Every workday is an important part of our personal experience, and the more we enrich it with relationships, the more we benefit. Work, too, is life.

Robert Waldinger, MD, is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, and director of Psychodynamic Therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a practicing psychiatrist and also a Zen master and author of “The Good Life.” Follow Robert on Twitter @robertwaldinger

Marc Shulz, PhD, is the associate director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, and a practicing therapist with postdoctoral training in health and medical psychology at Harvard Medical School He is likewise the author of “The Good Life.”

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