An 80-year, multi-generational study of what makes a person truly happy over the course of a lifetime has come to one conclusion: building strong relationships is the single most important thing you can do to have a fulfilling life.
This is true whether you are young or old, single or married, parent or childless. And this truth is backed by a strong body of research. Fortunately, it’s never too late to strengthen the relationships you have and even create new ones.
From January 2, 2023, the Well desk will help you improve your relationships. Your guides will be Well’s columnist Jancee Dunn and Dr. Robert Waldinger, who, along with colleague Marc Schulz, is leading the ongoing study at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Waldinger and Dr. Schulz have also co-authored “The Good Life,” a new book with surprising lessons from their research.
Together, they’ll guide you through small, impactful actions you can take to assess and build your social universe. By the end of the week, you’ll feel a new sense of connection with the important people in your life — and you’ll have the tools to help you keep those connections strong throughout 2023 and beyond.
What you will get:
Each day of the challenge will help you tackle a different part of your social universe – family, relationships, work, friends, strangers, and even distant acquaintances (which are also very important).
How to access the challenge:
To receive each day’s challenge, sign up for the Well newsletter, which is available exclusively to New York Times subscribers. You’ll receive a new exercise in your inbox every morning from January 2-8. And when you’ve completed the challenge, you’ll receive our Well newsletter, with tips for living your healthiest life, delivered every Thursday.