Robert J. Waldinger is an American psychiatrist and Professor at Harvard Medical School, he is known for a TED talk about his findings from the Grant Study, a 75-year-long Harvard study on adult happiness.
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Robert Waldinger, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of its Grant Study, joined the Harvard Club of Boston on May 30th to speak on “What Science Can Teach Us About the Good Life: Lessons from the 80-Year-Long Harvard Study of Adult Development.” The Grant Study has been examining the lives of two groups of men using a variety of measures, and Dr. Waldinger is now introducing new neuroscience ones to better understand how life experience and neurobiology interact to foster healthy aging. An outstanding thinker and communicator, Professor Waldinger’s 2014 TED talk on the Study has garnered over 20,140,000 views. Dr. Waldinger received his B.A. from Harvard College and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. A practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, he teaches HMS students and psychiatry residents. He also serves as Director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Psychodynamic Therapy and Research and on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. He is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as two books: Psychiatry for Medical Students (American Psychiatric Press, 1984, 1991, 1997), and Effective Psychotherapy with Borderline Patients: Case Studies (Macmillan, 1987).
Original broadcast date: June 10, 2016. We usually get wiser with age, but that doesn't mean we have to grow up to wise up. This hour, TED speakers explore what it means to find wisdom at every stage of life. Guests include journalist Joshua Prager, writer Adora Svitak, conservationist Boyd Varty, advocate Tony Porter, and psychiatrist Robert Waldinger.
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
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4
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4
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3 hours, 30 minutes
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