Come to my Shotgun Wedding?

This past weekend, I jumped on a plane to attend my first shotgun wedding! Based on the book The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Scientific Study of Happiness by Dr. Robert Waldinger, science supports this was a smart decision! 🤓


Happy 2-Tips Tuesday!

Here are two ideas to consider this week.

By Jennifer Broxterman, RD


1. Shotgun Wedding

This past weekend, I jumped on a plane to attend my first ever shotgun wedding! Science supports this was a smart decision. 🤓

Emily Beers, one of my best friends of almost 20 years who I met through varsity rowing (and who helped introduce me to my own husband!), sent me a text that made me drop everything and book a plane ticket to the other side of the country.

So Ryan and I are throwing together a shotgun wedding…

in 3 weeks…

can you come?

Sadly, the groom’s sister is battling against brain cancer, so everything got moved up so she can attend the wedding and be in their family photos before her surgery date. 😢 💔

Although it’s heavy and sad circumstances, without a doubt I texted Emily back:

Dave and I are coming!!! 

It’s what you do for a lifelong best friend. 

Just send me your new wedding date and address, and we’ll be there!


Within 20 minutes, our flights and hotel were booked and my work schedule was cleared to take a trip out to Vancouver for her new wedding date.

When looking back on my life, I know I’m going to remember my best friend’s wedding I dropped everything to attend, not the fact that it happened during a busy time at work. 

And this snap decision lines up perfectly with the #1 piece of health and happiness advice by Dr. Waldinger in his book I’m currently reading, The Good Life.

Let me explain in tip #2.



2.  Guess the single greatest predictor of physical health at age 80!

I’m reading the book The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness by Dr. Robert Waldinger.

Dr. Waldinger leads Harvard’s longest running research study on adult life, health, and happiness, tracking 700+ original participants and 1,300+ descendants over the past 85 years. The aim of this Harvard study was to look at the habits, environments, and behaviors of people who live to old age, and who get there in great health with high levels of self-reported happiness. 

Not a bad goal in life.

The nerd in me has been making a list of what’s jumped out from his research findings, but I’m not finished reading the book just yet so I’ll share that list with you next week! 😉 ❤️ 🤓

But here’s what is overwhelmingly obvious from this Harvard research study so far:

Relationship satisfaction at age 50 is the single greatest predictor of physical health at age 80. Woah!

It beat out heavy hitters like:

► exercise habits

► nutrition choices

► obesity

► smoking

► alcohol consumption

► where you were born

► and even your genetics!

How many deep, close friendships you have and also how close you remain with your significant other, hugely, hugely, HUGELY impacts your physical and mental wellbeing. 

Think: cranky old people who hate everyone around them = very unhealthy aging process. 


Happy, socially connected folks rich in friendships and love are some of the healthiest people on this planet.


Rich or poor, all the money in the world doesn’t fix broken social relationships and loneliness. 

How you treat people, matters. And the effort you’ve put into maintaining your relationships, also matters, a lot. Next week, I’ll share my full list of notes I’ve written down as I’ve been reading this book.

Long story short, science says attending my best friend’s shotgun wedding was a very good idea. ❤️👰🏻🤵🏻🥂



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