Taking my fellow editor Carrie's advice, I decided to eschew a long list of resolutions, instead choosing a one-word mantra I could use to improve my life in 2016. The word I went with? Connect. And it turns out, my one-word mantra/new year goal might put me on the right track for more happiness this year, if this 75-year-long study is right.
"So what have we learned? What are the lessons that come from the tens of thousands of pages of information that we've generated on these lives? Well, the lessons aren't about wealth or fame or working harder and harder. The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period."
— An excerpt from Robert Waldinger's recent TED talk, "What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness"
So, there you have it. A way to increase your happiness in 2016? Work on your relationships. Life partners, coworkers, in-laws, roommates, neighbors and more. Here's some of our best advice for cohabiting and cooperating with others:
Relationship and roommates
- Tips For Keeping Your Relationship Healthy through a Renovation
- Taking the Next Step: Tips for Moving in Together
- Curb Future Cleaning Clashes: A Trick to Keeping Rooms Cleaner and Households Happier
- How To Be Roommates With a Best Friend & Survive (With Friendship Intact)
- 10 Tried & True Tips: How to Make New Friends in a New City
- Finding Friendship at Every Stage of Your Life
Bring friends to you
- How To Create a Home That All Your Friends Want to Hang Out In
- No More Entertaining Excuses! Answers to the Biggest Entertaining Roadblocks
Neighbors and landlords
- Renter Relationships: Tips for Getting Along Better With Your Roommate, Landlord & Neighbors
- 3 Tips for a Successful Landlord/Tenant Relationship
- The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors
- 7 Tips for Keeping the Peace (and Quiet) With Noisy Neighbors
- Building Community: 5 Great Ways to Meet Your Neighbors