What Makes a Good Life? It's Good Relationships

What Makes a Good Life? It's Good Relationships

Just caught up with a great TED talk by Robert Waldinger about the 75 year Harvard study on happiness.  724 men from Boston, US have been studied over this time, with 60 still participating, along with partners and children.  The key finding is that good relationships keep us happier and healthier.  Specifically:      

  • social connections are good for us - loneliness kills, and 1 in 5 say they are lonely.
  • it's the quality of close relationships that matters.  Those most satisfied with relationships in their 50s are most healthy in their 80s.
  • good relationships protect our brains as well as our bodies - memory decline is lessened.

What's particularly resonated with me is Waldinger's comment that "Relationships are hard work.  They need ongoing energy and are not a quick fix.", and how well this links with the Functional Fluency model which offers a practical framework for how to use our energy effectively in building good relationships.

Here's a link to the full talk - http://bit.ly/1NOVD3n

Twitter Facebook



We use our blog to refect on how Functional Fluency and TIFF is being used, and how it can be developed further, across the broad spectrum of situations where building more effective relationships is valuable.

Blog posts
Fluent Self Newsletter - October 2017
Fluent Self Newsletter - July 2017
Google in-house coaches are using TIFF personal development tool
The Value of Functional Fluency and TIFF in Coaching
The Human Face of The Productivity Problem
TIFF as a tool for our time
Effective Sales Skills - vital for business success
What Makes a Good Life? It's Good Relationships
TIFF – the ‘actometric’ in a psychometric world
Developing Leaders Requires a Change of Approaches
Taking Action on the Health and Wellbeing Agenda
Fluent Self Newsletter - April 2016
Functional Fluency & TIFF Developing in South Africa and India
Are you a 'Lighthouse Parent'?
Fluent Self Newsletter - August 2016
Struggling with Empty Nest Anxiety?
'Functionally Fluent Leaders' workshop at Staff Developers Conference
Bringing Up Children Well
Fluent Self Newsletter - October 2016
Business Owners – how to have a good Christmas
Functional Fluency is making a difference in schools
Fluent Self Newsletter - December 2016
First TIFF Provider Licensing training in India
Enhancing the Effectiveness of Academic Support for Students
Building Teams that Work Well
Fluent Self Newsletter - March 2017
Functionally Fluent Leadership
Teachers in South Africa enjoy a Functional Fluency introductory workshop
How's Your Team Working?
Follow the Leader
Fluent Self Newsletter - February 2018
Supreme Leaders vs Effective Leaders
Improve Productivity by Being in Charge Effectively
Using Functional Fluency for Reflective Practice as a Trainer/Facilitator
How Resilient Are You?
Looking after our mental wellbeing with Functional Fluency
Fluent Self Newsletter - May 2018
Mental Health at Work - British Chambers of Commerce Study
'Transactional Analysis in the Age of Uncertainty' Conference