Here is the full transcript of Diary of a CEO Podcast titled “10 Life-Changing Lessons From The Longest Ever Study On Human Happiness” with Dr. Robert Waldinger. In this conversation with host Steven Bartlett, Dr. Waldinger discusses the longest ever study on human happiness, which tracked 724 families for 85 years to determine what leads to happy and healthy lives. The study found that relationships are the key to happiness and good health, and isolation can be as dangerous to health as smoking half a pack of cigarettes per day.
Listen to the audio version here:
Steven Bartlett: Robert, who are you and what is the mission that you’re on?
Robert Waldinger: I am a psychiatrist, I’m a married father of two grown sons, I’m a Zen priest and I’m a researcher. And the mission that I’m on is to relieve the suffering that’s optional in the world. That’s the vow I took as a Zen priest.
Steven Bartlett: What is the optional suffering you’re referring to?
Robert Waldinger: Well, there’s some suffering that’s not optional, right? There’s pain, there’s so many things that we can’t control that hurt, that we suffer from. But then there’s optional suffering, there are all the stories we tell ourselves about things that turn out not to be true, things that I worry about that turn out to amount to nothing. Mark Twain had a wonderful quote that I love, he said, ‘Some of the worst things in my life never happened.’