It all started in September 1921 with 1,500 children.
Dr. Lewis Terman of Stanford University met with children to find signs of future potential. Little did he know what would happen eight decades later.
Today, a new look at that project is giving us hints on how to live longer... and the hints might surprize you.
We have all heard what keeps us healthly- eating well, exercising. losing weight, watch less TV, the list goes on and on.
Well everyone, grab a burger and some fries because it turns out that the single most important factor for living a long life is having strong relationships.
George Vaillant, a Harvard psychiatrist, created a single yes or no question that will determine whether you will live to 80.
"Is there someone in your life whom you would feel comfortable phoning at four in the morning to tell your troubles to?"
Connecting and helping others is more important than eating your daily dose of veggies or hitting the gym.
For example, moderate drinkers live longer than those who don't drink because drinking is usually in social scenes. Heart attack patients who own dogs lived longer than their non-dog loving counterparts.
Sorry Billy Joel, looks like the good don't always die young.