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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The roots of happiness

* Happiness is all around you. The general population is six times more likely to say they are happy vs. unhappy.
* Money can't buy happiness, but it does seem to help. Many higher income traits are closely associated with greater happiness, especially when considering the ways we splurge on ourselves. For example, people who buy jewelry for themselves are 23 times more likely to be happy, and those who eat at upscale restaurants and make purchases on their tablet computers also report more overall happiness.
* When it comes to employment, it's better to be unemployed than to have a job you hate. Being unsatisfied in a job is more greatly associated with unhappiness than being out of work.
* Good health goes a long way toward happiness. Those who say they are healthy are 11 times more likely to be happy, while those who report being unhealthy are 133-percent more likely to be unhappy.
* With age comes happiness. Beginning with 30- to 34-year-olds, every age group gets progressively happier than the general population, peaking among those aged 65 and older.