Found a study by Havard that has been conducted over a 75 year span. Some people just can't seem to find the answer to what makes you happy. I am a neanderthal, so as long as I am feed, have sex, and get sleep, I am good. 75 year long Havard Study Happiness
1. Health is primary and alcoholism was found to be the “disorder of great destructive power.” Alcoholism was, in fact, the biggest cause of divorce for those in the study who did find their marriages irresolvable. It also played a key role in depression and other neuroses, both of which were found to follow alcohol abuse, not cause it. Along with smoking, alcoholism was the single “greatest contributor to their early morbidity and death. Above a certain level, intelligence doesn’t matter.”
2. In fact, IQ did not play a significant role in the men’s earning capacity either, whether IQs in the 110–115 range and those higher than 150.
3. Political preference and ideology had no bearing on one’s general life satisfaction, but…
4. Liberals tended to be sexually active longer than conservatives. The sexual lives of conservatives waned in their late 60s, while the most liberal of the men were sexually active well into their 80s. “I have consulted urologists about this,” Vaillant writes. “They have no idea why it might be so.” I imagine a few liberals would have a thing or two to offer that particular debate!
5. “Warm relationships,” over and over, proved to be a pivotal element of happiness and health, including in the area of how much money they earned: “…the 58 men who scored highest on measurements of ‘warm relationships’ earned an average of $141,000 a year more at their peak salaries (usually between ages 55 and 60) than the 31 men who scored lowest; the former were also three times more likely to have achieved professional success worthy of inclusion in Who’s Who.” In an interesting note, after a 2009 Atlantic article on the study questioned that and other correlations related to “warm relationships, “Vaillant revisited the data he had been studying since the 1960s for his book, an experience that further convinced him that what matters most in life are relationships.”