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30 Jul, 2013

Path to Happiness Starts in Childhood – Sydney Morning Herald

Australians spend millions in self-improvements, therapies, diets, makeovers and quick fixes to make themselves happier. But are they actually chasing the things that will make them happy?

It’s not surprising happiness is the subject of research. The jewel in the academic crown is the Grant Study, which has been tracking the lives of Harvard men since 1937.

Originally a survey into physical and psychological health, students were brought in and underwent a series of tests, interviews and questionnaires that continue today. Within the data psychiatrist George Valiant uncovered a gem: the path to a happy life.

According to Valiant’s research and book Triumphs of Excellence, childhood is one key to future happiness.

Read the rest: Path to Happiness Starts in Childhood: Grant Study.