Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Five great books about making (and keeping) friends

Lindsay Powers is a book lover, writer (bylines include The New York Times and The Washington Post), and author of You Can’t F*ck Up Your Kids: A Judgment-Free Guide to Stress-Free Parenting. She and fellow Amazon Book Review editor Al Woodworth tagged five "newer books about incredible friendships ... books that will inspire you to text your best buddies—or connect with somebody new—today," including:
The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Scientific Study of Happiness by Robert J. Waldinger and Marc Schulz

What’s the secret to happiness? It all basically boils down to relationships, and not just romantic ones. This book is written by the two Harvard researchers behind one of the most ambitious studies of all time, which for 80 years (and counting) has been collecting first-hand stories from one group of people through generations. This research—with a birds-eye view of entire lifetimes—puts science and data behind what feels unquantifiable: the behaviors that are the most fulfilling, what bring us the most contentment. It’s not the money, the cars, the big house, the impressive job, or the fancy clothes. Reading this will give you a newfound appreciation for the chaotic beauty of being alive.
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--Marshal Zeringue