Check out this article Josh found on what makes people truly happy. It’s about a study that followed 268 men who entered college in the 1930’s… following them through war, careers, success, failure, love, relationships, marriage, divorce, parenthood, retirement, death.
For me, I don’t think any kind of research study could get it more right than Allan Chalmers when he says a person needs just three things to be truly happy:
Someone to love. Something to do. Something to hope for.