These 7 Habits Lead to Happiness in Old Age

Want to be as happy as possible in your 60s, 70s, 80’s, and beyond? Researchers at Harvard University tell us that 7 habits lead to happiness in old age.

(I’ll add in an 8th one of my own at the bottom of this list.)

What 7 habits lead to happiness in old age?

(Your kids need to know about this!)

In 1938 (at the height of the Great Depression), Harvard researchers began studying a group of male Harvard students—looking closely at their lifestyles, habits, relationships, work, and happiness. The research study eventually expanded to include women, and has been continually updated for over 80 years.

This research shows that these 7 habits lead to happiness in old age:

  1. Not smoking
  2. Not drinking alcohol
  3. Keeping a healthy body weight
  4. Regular exercise (for example, regular walking)
  5. Emotional resilience
  6. Education
  7. Quality relationships with others

Learn more detail about this Harvard study and its results in this Atlantic article by Arthur C. Brooks.

These 7 habits lead to happiness—but one additional habit can enhance happiness.

I’m adding in this 8th habit for the students who follow me: achieving long-term financial security through the miracle of compound interest.

You can learn why Albert Einstein called compound interest the 8th wonder of the world in this Forbes article titled The Life-Changing Magic of Compound Interest.

If you’re a teacher, make this article a reading assignment and ask your students to write about it after they read it!

If you’re a parent, help your kids grasp the concept of compound interest by using ideas in my article Your High Schooler—Excited about Saving Money in a ROTH IRA.

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Who is Arthur C. Brooks?

Arthur C. Brooks is a contributing writer at The Atlantic, the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School. He’s the host of the podcast series How to Build a Happy Life and the author of From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life.

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26, their parents, and the professionals who serve them. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free, ready to jump directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.

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Hi, I'm Jeannie Burlowski

I'm a full-time academic strategist, speaker, and podcast host, and I’m the author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward.

My writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love.

My work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington PostUSA TodayNerdWallet, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.

I also help students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school from my website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow me on Twitter @JBurlowski.

My team and I are leading a debt-free college revolution. We hope you’ll join us.

Hi, I'm Jeannie Burlowski.

I'm a full-time academic strategist, speaker, and podcast host, and I’m the author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward.

My writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love.

My work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington PostUSA TodayNerdWallet, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.

I also help students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school from my website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow me on Twitter @JBurlowski.

My team and I are leading a debt-free college revolution. We hope you’ll join us.

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