Will Belonging To A Tribe Result In A Longer, Happier Life?

5 traits and values of a strong, committed tribe — and 3 reasons why you need one

by Roger Reid|Success Point 360

You say you’re not tribal? Then you may be hurting your chances of living a long and healthy life.

In a recent Ted Talk titled What Makes a Good Life? psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Robert Waldinger recapped findings from the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest study of adult life ever done.

After tracking participants for 78 years, one of the most important (and surprising) discoveries to date has been the importance of personal relationships. The conclusion points to a direct correlation between quality time spent with others and our ultimate longevity.

According to Waldinger, the keyword is quality — spending time with others who truly care about you and provide a positive influence on your daily activities. And no, Facebook friends don’t count. Neither do LinkedIn connections.

It’s a different kind of relationship — something that goes far deeper than a holiday card at Christmas or catching up on your lodge buddy’s accomplishments at the next annual convention in Biloxi.

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