For several decades, Harvard Laboratory of Adult Development has chronicled the lives of hundreds of men from adolescence through adulthood for “an unprecedented database of life histories with which to view the dynamic character of the aging process.” Designer Laura Javier took ten of those cases and visualized them in the Elements of Happiness.
The Harvard Study of Adult Development is the longest prospective study of mental and physical well-being ever conducted. For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been following 824 individuals through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. In this book, I’ve taken 10 representative case studies and visualized their salient character traits, personal timeline, social supports, and physical health to draw conclusions about “the happy life.”
The graphics are simple, and the stories are beautiful.
Browse the full book here.
That ebook format is terrible. I can’t read it at all. It’s either zoomed out so I can see the whole thing but everything’s a tiny blur or it’s zoomed in and I can only see a part of it, every mouse move making me sea sick when I try to pan around.
Just tried reading it on my phone and I think it actively contributed to the unhappiness column of my life’s experience :(
I agree…tried to find a way of printing it to pdf but couldnt. If anyone finds a download link or something please share.
Life would be much happier if we could download it!
I think Happiness consists in contentment.