Robert J. Waldinger

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Robert J. Waldinger (born 1951) is an American psychiatrist and Professor at Harvard Medical School. He is known for a TED talk about his findings from the Grant Study, a 75-year-long Harvard study on adult happiness.

Waldinger is the current Director of the Laboratory of Adult Development at Massachusetts General Hospital, a longitudinal study that has tracked the health and mental well-being of a group of 724 American men for 76 years.[1] Waldinger is also a faculty member in the adult training program at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. [2] He is the Director of the Center for Psychodynamic Therapy and Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a Zen priest as well. [3] After the viral success of his TED talk, he took a 3-week silent retreat; Waldinger explains "the Zen tradition holds that contemplation helps us stay grounded in what’s most important in life." [4]

Waldinger graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1973.[citation needed] He completed his M.D. at Harvard Medical School in 1978.[citation needed]