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Lots of singers have made big bucks singing about “happiness” but the money they make isn’t what makes them happy, or anyone else happy for that matter.   Harvard University made a long term comparative study of happiness.  Researchers looked at 456 poor men living in Boston and 268 male graduates from Harvard over a span of seven decades.

On the science side, they studied blood samples, conducted brain scans and they also conducted self-reported surveys to reach the conclusion that intelligence and poverty weren't the ultimately deciding factors of how good a life can be.  Pretty good chance the Harvard grads didn’t make it into the poverty pool, but let’s not judge just yet.  So what happened??

Here’s the quote.  "The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period."  Hear that? Period! As in no question about it. It’s not the money but the people and the relationships that matter whether you have money or not! Now that IS something to sing about because that means we ALL have a chance at happiness!

Bottom line- being in a loving relationship helps your nervous system relax, keeps your brain healthy and reduces all kinds of pain. Relationships that make life better are those that involve sharing and being truly honest.

In contrast, lonely people tend to die younger. (Yahoo)