How can a life be visualized? Can a happy life be captured in numbers and diagrams?

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.”

Laura Javier visualized ten of the them in the Elements of Happiness. via flowing data



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  1. helen #
    June 27, 2011


  2. peter #
    June 27, 2011

    big thumbs up to the people behind this ….the amount of work!

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