Can we Make Ourselves Happier?

Yes We Can! – and it is in our control for the most part.

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A great article, which among other things says:

Studies collated by the database say you tend to be happier if you:

  • Are in a long-term relationship
  • Are actively engaged in politics
  • Are active in work and in your free time
  • Go out for dinner
  • Have close friendships (though happiness does not increase with the number of friends you have)

And there are some surprising findings:

  • People who drink in moderation are happier than people who don’t drink at all.
  • Men tend to be happier in a society where women enjoy greater equality.
  • Being considered good looking increases men’s happiness more than it does women’s.
  • You tend to be happier if you think you’re good looking, rather than if you actually, objectively speaking, are.
  • Having children lowers your happiness levels, but your happiness increases when they grow up and leave home.

Read the whole article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23097143

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