Sunday, August 26, 2007

Happiness is...

25 Aug 2007, ST

RESEARCHERS have found some underlying factors for happiness.

# Married people are more content than singles, but having children does not raise happiness level.

# Education and IQ seem to have little impact on happiness.

# Attractive people are only slightly happier than the unattractive.

# The elderly - over 65 - are more satisfied with their lives than the young.

# Friendships are crucial if you want to be happy.

# As much as 50 per cent of the happiness factor is genetic. Like body weight, moods can swing only so much from their natural 'set point'. But educators say people can be taught the habits of optimism and how to handle negative thoughts.


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