Here’s an excerpt:
In an economic time when so many are struggling to get by, it’s easy to fantasize that a little more wealth or success is the key to greater joy. So perhaps there is no better time for this reminder: All the studies on the subject show that the key and consistent element in the lives of very happy people is close personal relationships. Period.
“Human beings are meant to be together,” says Gregg Easterbrook, a father of three and author of The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse. “Having good, supportive relationships is ninety percent of life.”