What would Aristotle do?

Kris Pate

As we move into yet another holiday season, many of us will find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on our lives in general. Some of us will even begin thinking about New Year’s resolutions with hopes that, over the course of the upcoming year, these new goals might bring us closer to our personal aspirations for a happy, successful life.

The longest, and still ongoing, study about what makes for a good life has been in progress for more than 75 years at Harvard University. Back in 1938, they began tracking and studying 724 men. Those still living are now in their 90s. They studied two groups: one group began participating while in their sophomore year at Harvard, and the other was gathered from the slums of Boston.

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