Not money or fame make us happy, but the quality and depth of our relationships.

This very interesting result was found in a longterm study which followed various participants over a timeframe of 75 years. Those who were in loving  relationships didn`t only live longer, but they were also overall healthier and less prone to conditions like Dementia. Lonelyness or bad quality relationships (like broken marriages or abusive liasions) on the other hand seemed to have the opposite, hence toxic effect.

The government of the UK therefore apparently has made the right move to initiate the first Minister for Lonelyness in our Postmodern world. And also for us, the average world citizen, it is seemingly a worthwhile undertaking to invest a bit more into the people closely surrounding us. 

More about this matter at the TED talk led by Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger and the New York Times.