Zen priest, Harvard researcher explains the secret to a good life

“Living in the midst of conflict is really bad for our health. High-conflict marriages, for example, turn out to be very bad for our health, perhaps worse than getting divorced.”

Zen priest, Harvard researcher, and psychiatrist Robert Waldinger explains the secret to a good life, including three key findings: Social connections are good for humans, loneliness is bad; The quality of your close connections is so important that it’s one of the key indicators of whether you’ll be happy and healthy later in life; Good relationships protect the brain.

Some of the abridged text is here on LionsRoar.com, the full TED talk is here on ted.com.