Let everyday be Valentines Day.

As Valentines Day approaches I wonder why we devote only one day a year to love. heartWhy 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.”

from The Huffington Post 10/18/2013

Read more details of the Harvard Grant Study here.


About danieltrump

breathing and sensing human. Learning to observe, learning to write, exploring ideas and thinking. www.danieltrump.wordpress.com

One comment

  1. Love is without a doubt the most single important emotion in life!!! It drives everything else. Inspires,makes happiness happen and makes people smile and laugh! I love everyday. 365 days of the year. And every four years we are given the bonus of loving one more day! And it is wonderful! Thank you and you know how I love …

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