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Meet Dr. Robert Waldinger

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Written by: Meaning & Hope Institute

The Meaning & Hope Institute is proud to partner with Dr. Robert Waldinger

Robert Waldinger, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and Zen priest. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest-running studies of adult life ever done. The Study tracked the lives of 724 men for over 80 years and now studies their Baby Boomer children to understand how childhood experience reaches across decades to affect health and wellbeing in middle age.  He writes about what science can teach us about healthy human development, and his book about the science of relationships, entitled The Good Life, published by Simon & Schuster in January of 2023.  He is Founding Director of the Lifespan Research Foundation, dedicated to bringing the insights of lifespan research to the general public through programs such as Road Maps for Life Transitions and Next Chapter in My Life.

Dr. Waldinger is the author of numerous scientific papers, and he directs a teaching program in psychotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has won awards for teaching and research from the American Psychiatric Association, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and he is consistently named as one of the Best Doctors in America. He is also a transmitted teacher (roshi) in Living Vow Zen and teaches meditation throughout New England. His TED talk on lessons from the longest study of happiness has had over 40 million views and is the fastest spreading talk in the history of TEDx events. 

The Meaning & Hope Institute is proud to offer the Next Chapter in My Life workshop series to family caregivers who are ready to explore the next chapter of their journey.

More from Dr. Waldinger

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

With over 40 million views, Dr. Waldinger’s TED talk on lessons from the longest study on happiness shares powerful insights on what makes a good life. Learn more at

The Good Life

The Good Life is a transformative guide that explores the essence of what it means to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. Blending practical wisdom with actionable insights, it delves into the core principles of happiness, well-being, and personal growth. The book invites readers on a journey of self-discovery, encouraging them to reflect on their values, goals, and relationships. Through a series of thought-provoking exercises and real-life examples, it offers a roadmap to navigate life’s challenges and make choices that align with a vision of the good life. It’s an essential read for anyone seeking to enhance their life’s quality and find deeper satisfaction.

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