NYAO, Ep: 082 – A good life is built with good relationships
Young people when asked said the main thing they wanted in life was to make a lot of money. More than 80% listed this first.
Is this the best indicator or sign post for a good and fulfilling life?
How could we ever know?
Harvard University has been tracking a group of students for more than 75 years, and the results of this huge study reveal that the number and strength of social connections throughout our life is the best indicator of our future physical health, mental functioning and sense of happiness.
At the same time, suicide rates among men are skyrocketing in synch with rates of loneliness. Men over 45 reporting loneliness increased from 20% to 33% in ten years, while the suicide rate in this group went up 50% in the same period. Male suicide rates are 3.7 times higher than among females.
Men struggle with self-expression- of their internal emotional state, and especially with the ability to tell significant people that they love them. And yet boys up to their early teens are just as open and expressive as their sisters.
How are these things linked and what can be done about it?
How can we help boys and men make progress in these critical areas?
Join you hosts as they take on a topic that they feel it is essential to address: the ability to self-express and generate meaningful relationships as life moves forward.
There are take away’s here for all of us- not just men. But think especially about men in your life you love- from boys to grandfathers- as it applies to them even more.
Our challenge to you is to initiate a conversation with someone new for the first time. Let us know how it went for you.
Harvard Study of Adult Development
TED Talk by Dr Robert Waldinger, 4th Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development
Mark Green’s article “Why do we murder the beautiful friendships of boys?”
Commuter Study- University of Chicago Booth Prof. Nicholas Epley
2019 BBC Article on the same topic:
Paul “Melon” McFadden
Raf “Tio” Espinosa