According to Cash Money & Marvelous, the secret to longevity and happiness is fairly easy. If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, man, find an ugly woman and make her your wife.
I'm not sure about the sincerity of that sentiment, if I'm being honest. So I was happy to find a different source on the subject. Harvard professor Robert Waldinger is the director of the university's Study of Adult Development, a 75-year longitudinal study of a cohort of men from first Harvard and then working class Boston.
The study, one of the most ambitious and successful of its kind, tracked the lives of its subjects from early adulthood through their entire lives. The data are incredibly revealing about the things that are most important in longevity, health, and satisfaction with one's life. And at the very top of the list, the thing the researchers have found to be the single most relevant factor for happiness, is the quality of personal relationships. Put more simply, good friends and good family equate to happier, healthier, longer lives.
Or even more simply, being a Gheorghie is good for you, as long as you make enough mini-summits. God bless you, you magnificent bastards.
Marls and I are putting a down payment on longevity this weekend, heading to Baltimore for some quality Tribe time. The liver-pickling we'll do will probably balance out the benefits, to be sure.
Tune in here for dispatches from the CAA Tournament, or whining about how the Tribe lost in the first round.