The 75-Year Study That Found The Secrets To A Fulfilling Life

What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many decades, following the lives of real people from childhood until old age, in order to see how they changed and what they learned. And it would probably be too ambitious for anyone to actually undertake.

Only, a group of Harvard researchers did undertake it, producing a comprehensive, flesh-and-blood picture of some of life’s fundamental questions: how we grow and change, what we value as time goes on, and what is likely to make us happy and fulfilled.

The study, known as the Harvard Grant Study, has some limitations — it didn’t include women, for starters. Still, it provides an unrivaled glimpse into a subset of humanity, following 268 male Harvard undergraduates from the classes of 1938-1940 (now well into their 90s) for 75 years, collecting data on various aspects of their lives at regular intervals. And the conclusions are universal.

We spoke to George Vaillant, the Harvard psychiatrist who directed the study from 1972 to 2004 and wrote a book about it, in order to revisit the study’s findings. Below, five lessons from the Grant Study to apply to your own pursuit of a happier and more meaningful life.

Love Is Really All That Matters

It may seem obvious, but that doesn’t make it any less true: Love is key to a happy and fulfilling life. As Vaillant puts it, there are two pillars of happiness. “One is love,” he writes. “The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away.”

Vaillant has said that the study’s most important finding is that the only thing that matters in life is relationships. A man could have a successful career, money and good physical health, but without supportive, loving relationships, he wouldn’t be happy (“Happiness is only the cart; love is the horse.”).

It’s About More than Money and Power

The Grant Study’s findings echoed those of other studies — that acquiring more money and power doesn’t correlate to greater happiness. That’s not to say money or traditional career success don’t matter. But they’re small parts of a much larger picture — and while they may loom large for us in the moment, they diminish in importance when viewed in the context of a full life.

“We found that contentment in the late 70s was not even suggestively associated with parental social class or even the man’s own income,” says Vaillant. “In terms of achievement, the only thing that matters is that you be content at your work.

Regardless of How We Begin Life, We Can All Become Happier

A man named Godfrey Minot Camille went into the Grant study with fairly bleak prospects for life satisfaction: He had the lowest rating for future stability of all the subjects and he had previously attempted suicide. But at the end of his life, he was one of the happiest. Why? As Vaillant explains, “He spent his life searching for love.”

Connection Is Crucial

“Joy is connection,” Vaillant says. “The more areas in your life you can make connection, the better.”

The study found strong relationships to be far and away the strongest predictor of life satisfaction. And in terms of career satisfaction, too, feeling connected to one’s work was far more important than making money or achieving traditional success.

“The conclusion of the study, not in a medical but in a psychological sense, is that connection is the whole shooting match,” says Vaillant.

As life goes on, connections become even more important. The Grant Study provides strong support for the growing body of research that has linked social ties with longevitylower stress levels and improved overall well-being.

Challenges –- and the Perspective They Give You — Can Make You Happier

The journey from immaturity to maturity, says Vaillant, is a sort of movement from narcissism to connection, and a big part of this shift has to do with the way we deal with challenges.

Coping mechanisms — “the capacity to make gold out of shit,” as Vaillant puts it — have a significant effect on social support and overall well-being. The secret is replacing narcissism, a single-minded focus on one’s own emotional oscillations and perceived problems, with mature coping defenses, Vaillant explains, citing Mother Teresa and Beethoven as examples.

“Mother Teresa had a perfectly terrible childhood, and her inner spiritual life was very painful,” says Vaillant. “But she had a highly successful life by caring about other people.

Creative expression is another way to productively deal with challenges and achieve meaning and well-being.

“The secret of Beethoven being able to cope with misery through his art was when he wrote ‘Ode to Joy,’” says Vaillant. “Beethoven was able to make connection with his music.”



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Nov 28th - Dec 5th, 2018 Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 28 September, 2018

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 19:30 28th November, 2018

Ends: 17:30 5th December, 2018

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

from dinner on the 28th until lunch on the 5th:

 

Double Room & Bath : € 516

3 Beds & Bath: € 488

4 – 5 Beds & Bath :€ 439

Dormitory in the group room : € 348

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.

 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

Nov 28th - Dec 5th, 2018 Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 28 September, 2018

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 19:30 28th November, 2018

Ends: 17:30 5th December, 2018

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

from dinner on the 28th until lunch on the 5th:

 

Double Room & Bath : € 516

3 Beds & Bath: € 488

4 – 5 Beds & Bath :€ 439

Dormitory in the group room : € 348

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.

 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

Jan 5th - 12th, 2019 Osheanic International, Fortaleza, Brazil

(In English & Portuguese)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: € 1380 paid by bank transference / paid online by credit card €1435

Early Bird Price: € 1280 paid by bank transference / paid online by credit card €1330
before 15 November, 2018

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 18:00 5th January, 2019

Ends: 17:30 12th January, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Prices are in Brazilian Reals (R$)

*Include food and accommodation from 5th January (dinner) to 12th January (lunch)

Accommodation preference available for those who book in advance.

 

Double room = R$ 320 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 2.240)

Triple room = R$ 260 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.820)

Quadruple room = R$ 230 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.610)

Dormitory (Buddha Hall) = R$ 200 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.400)

Tent (limited amount available) = R$ 160 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.120)

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osheanic International.

 

One of the most beautiful centers for meditation in Latin America and created for the evolution of consciousness, Osheanic Brazil is filled with coconut and cashew trees, tropical gardens with hiking trails, and located within walking distance to the sea between the paradisaical dunes of Prainha.

 

Jan 5th - 12th, 2019 Osheanic International, Fortaleza, Brazil

(In English & Portuguese)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: € 1380 paid by bank transference / paid online by credit card €1435

Early Bird Price: € 1280 paid by bank transference / paid online by credit card €1330
before 15 November, 2018

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 18:00 5th January, 2019

Ends: 17:30 12th January, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Prices are in Brazilian Reals (R$)

*Include food and accommodation from 5th January (dinner) to 12th January (lunch)

Accommodation preference available for those who book in advance.

 

Double room = R$ 320 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 2.240)

Triple room = R$ 260 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.820)

Quadruple room = R$ 230 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.610)

Dormitory (Buddha Hall) = R$ 200 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.400)

Tent (limited amount available) = R$ 160 per day (x 7 daily = R$ 1.120)

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osheanic International.

 

One of the most beautiful centers for meditation in Latin America and created for the evolution of consciousness, Osheanic Brazil is filled with coconut and cashew trees, tropical gardens with hiking trails, and located within walking distance to the sea between the paradisaical dunes of Prainha.

 

Jan 13th - 20th, 2019 Pune, India

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at the Osho International Meditation Center.

 

Ranked one of the world’s most blissful meditation centers, this lush contemporary 28-acre campus is a tropical oasis where nature and the 21st Century blend seamlessly, both within and without. With its white marble pathways, elegant black buildings, abundant foliage and Olympic-sized swimming pool, it is the perfect setting to take time out for yourself.

 

Jan 13th - 20th, 2019 Pune, India

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at the Osho International Meditation Center.

 

Ranked one of the world’s most blissful meditation centers, this lush contemporary 28-acre campus is a tropical oasis where nature and the 21st Century blend seamlessly, both within and without. With its white marble pathways, elegant black buildings, abundant foliage and Olympic-sized swimming pool, it is the perfect setting to take time out for yourself.

 

Mar 9th - 16th, 2019 Gut Helmeringen, Germany

(In German)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Einzel-Doppel und Mehrbettzimmer im Seminarhaus Gut Helmeringen verfügbar, Buchung bei Anmeldung im UTA

 

Workshop Location:

Gut Helmeringen bei Ulm;nächste Bahnstation: Lauingen/Donau; www.gut-helmeringen.de

 

Mar 9th - 16th, 2019 Gut Helmeringen, Germany

(In German)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Einzel-Doppel und Mehrbettzimmer im Seminarhaus Gut Helmeringen verfügbar, Buchung bei Anmeldung im UTA

 

Workshop Location:

Gut Helmeringen bei Ulm;nächste Bahnstation: Lauingen/Donau; www.gut-helmeringen.de

 

Mar 14th - 21st, 2019
Hunter Valley, Australia
(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: 0413 009 360

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: $4000

Early Bird Price: $3600 before 03 January, 2019

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 3:00 p.m. 14th March, 2019

Ends: 4:00 p.m. 21st March, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Accommodation is comfortable and prices are based on twin share (with someone of the same gender).

We are able to cater for dietary requirements (GF, DF, vegan, etc).

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at the Hunter Valley Retreat Center.

 

Set on 200 acres of beautiful Australian bushland at the foot of the majestic Watgan Mountains, Hunter Valley Retreat Center combines lovely accommodation with comfort, style, and connection.

 

Transfers from Newcastle Airport or Morisset Railway station are included.

 

Mar 14th - 21st, 2019
Hunter Valley, Australia
(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: 0413 009 360

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: $4000

Early Bird Price: $3600 before 03 January, 2019

 

Workshop Times:

Starts: 3:00 p.m. 14th March, 2019

Ends: 4:00 p.m. 21st March, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Accommodation is comfortable and prices are based on twin share (with someone of the same gender).

We are able to cater for dietary requirements (GF, DF, vegan, etc).

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at the Hunter Valley Retreat Center.

 

Set on 200 acres of beautiful Australian bushland at the foot of the majestic Watgan Mountains, Hunter Valley Retreat Center combines lovely accommodation with comfort, style, and connection.

 

Transfers from Newcastle Airport or Morisset Railway station are included.

 

Mar 20th - 27th, 2019 Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 28 September, 2018

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.

 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

Mar 20th - 27th, 2019 Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 28 September, 2018

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.

 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

Apr 6th - 13th, 2019 Loveland, Colorado, USA

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: $1950

Early Bird Price: $1700 until January 26, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Food and accommodation from dinner on the 6th to lunch on the 13th:

Double Room: $833
Triple Room: $742
Dormitory Space: $679

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Sunrise Ranch.

 

Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Loveland, Colorado, Sunrise Ranch is a 350-acre, holistically managed ranch with farm-to-table meals. For generations, people have been coming from all over the world for the renewal available in an atmosphere rich with a sense of home.

Apr 6th - 13th, 2019 Loveland, Colorado, USA

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: $1950

Early Bird Price: $1700 until January 26, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

Food and accommodation from dinner on the 6th to lunch on the 13th:

Double Room: $833
Triple Room: $742
Dormitory Space: $679

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Sunrise Ranch.

 

Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Loveland, Colorado, Sunrise Ranch is a 350-acre, holistically managed ranch with farm-to-table meals. For generations, people have been coming from all over the world for the renewal available in an atmosphere rich with a sense of home.

May 9th - 16th, 2019
Taupo, New Zealand

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: , Phone: +6421669481

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Price:

Full Price: $3990

Early Bird Price: $3740 (Until Feb 28, 2019)

 

Workshop Location:

This workshop will be held at Tauhara.

 

The beautiful tranquility of Tauhara, together with its fascinating history, people, and nature, allows for the perfect retreat in Acacia Bay, overlooking the glorious Lake Taupo in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island.
 

May 9th - 16th, 2019
Taupo, New Zealand

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: , Phone: +6421669481

For Staffing contact:

 

Workshop Price:

Full Price: $3990

Early Bird Price: $3740 (Until Feb 28, 2019)

 

Workshop Location:

This workshop will be held at Tauhara.

 

The beautiful tranquility of Tauhara, together with its fascinating history, people, and nature, allows for the perfect retreat in Acacia Bay, overlooking the glorious Lake Taupo in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island.
 

May 22nd - 29th, 2019
Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 13 March, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.
 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

May 22nd - 29th, 2019
Verona, Italy

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact:

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: €1675 + VAT (22%)

Early Bird Price: €1525 + VAT (22%) before 13 March, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Osho Campus.
 

Tucked in the quiet Verona, Italy countryside, Osho Campus offers a meditative and creative space to celebrate one’s inner growth.

 

Jun 12th - 19th, 2019 Wales, United Kingdom

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: +39 3383704893

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: £ 1500 + VAT (20%) = £ 1800

Early Bird Price: £ 1375 + VAT (20%) = £ 1650 before 13 April, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

To be announced (please note that food and accommodation will be an extra cost on top of the workshop price)

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Buckland Hall.

 
Buckland Hall is a magical 4-star country mansion set in the rolling, green hills and spectacular countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the United Kingdom, surrounded by mountains with vistas along the Usk Valley.

 

Jun 12th - 19th, 2019 Wales, United Kingdom

(In English)

 

Workshop Title: Path of Love

 

Workshop Description: The Path of Love 7-Day Retreat is a unique, revolutionary, and life transforming meditation and personal growth retreat. It will alter your life in a substantial way.

 

For Info & Bookings Contact: +39 3383704893

For Staffing contact:

 

Full Price: £ 1500 + VAT (20%) = £ 1800

Early Bird Price: £ 1375 + VAT (20%) = £ 1650 before 13 April, 2019

 

Workshop Type:

This is a residential retreat

 

Workshop Accommodations:

To be announced (please note that food and accommodation will be an extra cost on top of the workshop price)

 

Workshop Location:

This retreat will be held at Buckland Hall.

 
Buckland Hall is a magical 4-star country mansion set in the rolling, green hills and spectacular countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the United Kingdom, surrounded by mountains with vistas along the Usk Valley.

 

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