July 1, 2013

STAY OUT OF YOUR CAR:

Can we make ourselves happier? (Pascale Harter, 7/01/13, BBC News)

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 be careful of that morning commute to work.

A German study (by Frey and Stutzer published in 2004) found a strong link between time spent commuting and satisfaction with life. Those who spent an hour on their journey to work were found to be significantly less happy that those who did not commute.

And the study suggests that higher earnings from a job that involves commuting do not compensate for the time lost.
Posted by at July 1, 2013 5:21 AM
  
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