Harvard Releases Epic Study on What Makes Men Happy
Begun in 1938 when Harvard University began following 268 undergraduate males, the longest longitudinal study of development in human history has been completed and the results are in.
Begun in 1938 when Harvard University began following 268 undergraduate males, the longest longitudinal study of development in human history has been completed and the results are in. The study is unique in that it captures the first generation of men to have lived dramatically longer lives than those who came before them. The good news is men's lives continue to evolve, changing and deepening in meaning even as they reach their tenth decade.
"The astonishing range of psychological, anthropological, and physical traits — ranging from personality type to IQ to drinking habits to family relationships to 'hanging length of his scrotum' — indicates just how exhaustive and quantifiable the research data has become."
Abuse of alcohol was rated as the number one risk factor for unhappiness and illness, increasing the likelihood of experiencing depression and neurosis. It may come as no surprise that positive relationships were the greatest boon to a man: while it was possible to overcome a traumatic childhood, positive memories of youth were a source of life-long strength. With regard to sex life, one of the most interesting things the study discovered is that men of conservative political opinion end their sex lives nearly two decades earlier than liberal men.
In his Big Think interview, happiness expert Tal Ben Shahar has dedicated ample time to his research on how romantic relationships can promote—and prevent—happiness:
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Big tech is making its opening moves into the health care scene, but its focus on tech-savvy millennials may miss the mark.
- Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have been busy investing in health care companies, developing new apps, and hiring health professionals for new business ventures.
- Their current focus appears to be on tech-savvy millennials, but the bulk of health care expenditures goes to the elderly.
- Big tech should look to integrating its most promising health care devise, the smartphone, more thoroughly into health care.
Turns out pushups are more telling than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health.
- Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10.
- The Harvard study focused on over 1,100 firefighters with a median age of 39.
- The exact results might not be applicable to men of other age groups or to women, researchers warn.
Here's why universal basic income will hurt the 99%, and make the 1% even richer.
- Universal basic income is a band-aid solution that will not solve wealth inequality, says Rushkoff.
- Funneling money to the 99% perpetuates their roles as consumers, pumping money straight back up to the 1% at the top of the pyramid.
- Rushkoff suggests universal basic assets instead, so that the people at the bottom of the pyramid can own some means of production and participate in the profits of mega-rich companies.
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