People always have something to say about who, why, and how people are or appear to be happy. There’s sure as heck no silver bullet in this regard, but as you can see, there are some real patterns. I think, regardless of what people think about some tried and true, “old school” ways of thinking and living, so things don’t seem to change.
Well, little Tina, as per The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, it seems that:
- Extroverts are happier than introverts;
- Optimists are happier than pessimists;
- Married people are happier than singles, though people with children are no happier than childless couples;
- Republicans are happier than Democrats;
- People who attend religious services are happier than those who do not;
- People with college degrees are happier than those without, though people with advanced degrees are less happy than those with just a BA;
- People with an active sex life are happier than those without;
- Women and men are equally happy, though women have a wider emotional range;
- Having an affair will make you happy but will not compensate for the massive loss of happiness that you will incur when your spouse finds out and leaves you;
- People are least happy when they’re commuting to work;
- Busy people are happier than those with too little to do; wealthy people are happier than poor ones, but only slightly.
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