As Valentines Day approaches I wonder why we devote only one day a year to love. Why not celebrate love every day of the year ? To devote only one day a year implies that other things are more important than love. We know that there is nothing more important than love, and psychologists have very strong evidence for the importance of love, over and above any other facet of life:
The 75-year Harvard Grant study –one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies ever conducted — followed 268 male Harvard undergraduates from the classes of 1938-1940 (now well into their 90s) for 75 years, regularly collecting data on various aspects of their lives. The universal conclusion? Love really is all that matters, at least when it comes to determining long-term happiness and life satisfaction.
The study’s longtime director, psychiatrist George Vaillant, told The Huffington Post that there are two pillars of happiness:
“One is love. The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away.”
For example, one participant began the study with the lowest rating for future stability of all the subjects and he had previously attempted suicide. But at the end of his life, he was one of the happiest. Why? As Vaillant explains, “He spent his life searching for love.”
Read more details of the Harvard Grant Study here.