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What Makes People Happy? Scientists Are Hard at Work — Find Out What They’ve Learned So Far!

Jacob Wackerhausen

A survey suggested 99 things that are supposed to make you happy. See our favorites below. Our web guy Andrew called bogus, saying there are huge global think tanks who study this issue and have come up with a scientific criteria — that you can also see below. Personally, I think it’s as simple as being happy with your health, work and relationships and belonging to a supportive community. What are YOU criteria? Tell us… below!

Some of the 99 include

  • sex in a committed relationship
  • shopping
  • puppies
  • good night’s sleep
  • exercise
  • sitting up straight (?!)
  • kids
  • good income
  • lots of good friends
  • getting along with at least one of your parents
  • live in a cool place

Forbes Magazine annualy summarizes the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index:

So who’s the happiest? As has been the case the past five years, that distinction goes to countries that enjoy peace, freedom, good healthcare, quality education, a functioning political system and plenty of opportunity: Norway, Sweden, Canada and New Zealand.

The World Happiness Report says the six factors are:

These six factors include: real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity.

In Britain, the government has debated making well-being and happiness the goal of government:

…we feel safe at home, if there are good local services and access to green spaces, or if we suffering from noise or air pollution… It should come as no surprise that the quality of our personal relationships has a great impact on our happiness.”

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