A Harvard study that began almost 80 years ago shares the secrets of a long and happy life!
It is very rare to see a human study last this long and collect so much amazing data.
When the study started, the researchers interviewed 268 Harvard sophomores in 1938 without any idea where the study would go or who the participants would become.
Some of the subjects went on to be leaders in business, industry, and even one president of the United States!
(Watch the video to find out which one)
The study was later expanded to include a group of economically underprivileged young men from the inner city of Boston who lived in Depression-era tenements without running water. Today, the study also includes the wives and children of many of the original participants, now numbering into thousands of people over multiple decades.
What have they found?
It isn’t cholesterol levels, wealth, or fame that helps to identify who will live the longest, happiest, and healthiest lives. Although determining a single cause for longevity and quality of life wasn’t even an imagined outcome for the original researchers, the current leaders of the study have found that the people who reported and appeared to experience the most satisfaction with their relationships and friendships at age 50 were healthier than their less-satisfied counterparts at 80.
Sadly, on an average day, one in five Americans report feeling lonely – and this fascinating study shows that isolation leads to less happy, less heathy lives in which people lose their brain function more quickly and die earlier.
But there is a solution!
We all feel the importance of interpersonal connection in our hearts, and this study gives us solid data that a vital key to unlocking fulfillment in life is our ability to create social connections with family, friends, and community. If we truly want to live happier, healthier, and longer lives, we need to find ways to replace screen time with quality time. This is about having warm, close, in-person relationships, relationships in which both parties feel that they can really count on one another. Living in high-conflict relationships has been shown to be negatively impact our health, but good relationships can protect our bodies and our brains.
When we retire, we should strive to replace work relationships with new friends. And we should seek to volunteer, join new groups, and continue to participate in the communities we build at all stages of life. When we live lives filled with people who can count on us, and whom we can count on in return, we immediately make the world better.
Since it is one of my major life goals to build healthy relationships with as many people as possible, both on stage and off, this study delights me!
Over 9 million people have watched the recent TED talk associated with this study. If you haven’t, give it a listen!
Then go out and have a moment of genuine connection with a co-worker, family member, or friend today, and let them know that they can count on you!
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Magic Auction in Vegas
In other news, if you love MAGIC and will be in Las Vegas this month, I will be the auctioneer for the Las Vegas Magic Auction May 21st!
This is my 15th year as auctioneer for this charity event that helps give magic and public-speaking classes to underprivileged kids.
Also, if you ever need an auctioneer for your fundraiser, charity event, or magic convention, I’m available! Here is a small sample of my style from a recent fundraiser in Utah for a Christian school. This was my third year as their auctioneer – if I can help raise over $400 each for a child-sized table and a lemonade stand, just imagine what I can do for you!
If you find yourself in Utah this summer, let me know! The University of Utah has hired me back for another year of 18 shows! Every new student going through student orientation will have a chance to catch a live performance of Mysteries of the Mind! I love being a part of programs like this that unify communities and allow me to bring people together to celebrate themselves and each other.
Finally, I want you to know that if there is ever anything I can do to make your life better, you can count on me! Just email or call any time.
If you know anyone who could use my services, remember that referrals from friends are over half my business! I am available for corporate banquets, trade shows, morning energizer meetings, and events. I’m never too busy for you.
“Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other’s good, and melt at other’s woe.”
Testimonials and Accolades
The Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Clark Nguyen, Ph.D from Berkeley, sent this testimonial after Paul Draper performed at the IEEE MEMS convention in Las Vegas. The audience consisted of 700 IEEE members hailing from Europe, Asia, and North America.
Testimonials from the day chair of the West Palm Beach Young Presidents’ Organization, a member of the Beverly Hills Young Presidents’ Organization, and a partner of a major Hollywood law firm.
If you missed any of my MASTER MIND series on LIES, PERSUASION, and MEMORY skills that played around the country on ABC, all of the links are now posted and available! Each quick segment is two to four minutes long, and they are all available here:
How to Catch a Liar:
Catching a Lie in Real Time:
The Power of Persuasion: 3 Ways to Get What You Want:
3 Fun Ways to Improve Your Memory and Sharpen Your Mind:
Memory Tricks: The PEG Memory System: