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Which country rates highest in life satisfaction?

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Which country rates highest in life satisfaction?

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A survey of money, happiness and satisfaction identifies Switzerland as the country with the best scores for life satisfaction. The survey included the 34 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). On a scale of 0-10 the Swiss rated their satisfaction at 7.8  against an average score of 6.6. On the topic of happiness, 84% of Swiss people reported having more positive experiences than negative ones on a daily basis. By comparison, the British people ranked their life satisfaction at 6.9.

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Negative emotions are usually stronger than positive emotions.

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Negative emotions are usually stronger than positive emotions.

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It's true, negative emotions are more intense and get your attention faster than positive ones. Clinically, this is known as the "negativity bias". It’s thought to be important for learning and development, teaching us to be cautious and alerting us to things that may be unpleasant or harm us. When making judgements, studies show people give more weight to negative consequences than positive benefits -- you may feel more strongly about losing money than winning some.  However, while positive emotions are less common and more fleeting, they can bring bigger benefits over time , including building better friendships, marriages and health. A positive outlook is even linked to living longer.

In general happy people do NOT:

In general happy people do NOT:

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You'd think that people who are happy would value happiness, but resesrch suggests that may not always be the case. However, studies among women have found that those who valued happiness most were actually less happy at times, such as during stressful periods. They may have been disappointed at their own feelings, but researchers noted a paradox where valuing happiness may make people less happy.

The happiest people in the United Kingdom live in:

The happiest people in the United Kingdom live in:

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The people of Northern Ireland are the happiest with higher ratings than anywhere else in the UK. According to a wellbeing survey by the Office for National Statistics, the population rated their personal wellbeing higher than other UK countries in every way. That's despite a high unemployment rate. The least happy areas in the UK were Torridge in Devon, Barking and Dagenham, Dartford in Kent, Lambeth and Wolverhampton.

You're likely to be less happy and more anxious if you live in London

You're likely to be less happy and more anxious if you live in London

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The Office for National Statistics survey found Londoners had lower than average ratings of wellbeing. Londoners also have some of the highest levels of anxiety. The London borough of Hackney reported the highest levels in the UK. Barking and Dagenham and Lambeth, also in London, were close behind, along with Cookstown in County Tyrone and Harborough in the East Midlands.

When is the least happy time of your life?

When is the least happy time of your life?

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The Office for National Statistics' survey of personal wellbeing found that levels of happiness, life satisfaction and feeling worthwhile were lowest for those aged 45 – 54. Younger people and those aged 65 to 79 had significantly higher average ratings for happiness, life satisfaction and feeling worthwhile than other age groups.

Which of the following are NOT so-called 'feel good' chemicals?

Which of the following are NOT so-called 'feel good' chemicals?

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The feel-good chemicals linked to happiness and good mood are serotonin, dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin. The latter is also known as the "love/comfort/compassion" hormone. Tryptophan helps your body make serotonin, so it’s linked to feeling good, too. Prolactin and cortisol are hormones. Prolactin helps produce breast milk during pregnancy. Cortisol is known as the “stress” hormone because stress activates secretion of it. Cortisol can speed up your heart rate and cause shallow breathing.

What makes you happier?

What makes you happier?

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As you may have guessed, money can’t buy you love – or more sexual partners, according to a study of over 16,000 people. Sex also seems to have a greater impact on your happiness than a bulge in your wallet.

 

Plus, there may be nothing better than sex. Another survey rated making love as the top ranking, most enjoyable human activity. Drinking alcohol was rated second, caregiving or volunteering was third, while meditating and religion came fourth. So, if your bed sees more activity than your bank account, you’ve already got lucky.

Why does music make you happy?

Why does music make you happy?

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Listening to music causes more of the feel-good chemical dopamine to be released by the brain. Canadian researchers believe this may explain why music has been such a large part of human culture for centuries. They say even anticipating listening to music triggers pleasure.

Not allowing yourself to be sad is a key to long-term happiness.

Not allowing yourself to be sad is a key to long-term happiness.

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A stiff upper lip isn’t enough to stave off sadness and can make emotional problems worse. Suppressing feelings about how you feel could lead to depression, according to a 2013 study published in Psychological Science. Being stoical can help at times if there's nothing that can be done about a problem. However, ignoring emotions may increase the risk of mental health problems later on.

What's most likely to boost your sense of happiness?

What's most likely to boost your sense of happiness?

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There's more to happiness than racking up pleasurable experiences. Psychologists studying positive emotions say being grateful and acknowledging good in your life can boost your sense of happiness, especially if you turn it into a conscious, regular habit. For example, one study found people who actively wrote a gratitude journal, tracking what they had to be grateful for, made them feel happier and more optimistic about their lives.

"Hedonophobia," "hedonism" and "hedonist" come from the Greek word for:

"Hedonophobia," "hedonism" and "hedonist" come from the Greek word for:

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The Greek word "hedone" means pleasure or delight. Hedonophobia refers to an abnormal  excessive and persistent fear of pleasure, and sufferers feel guilty about being happy. Hedonism refers to the pursuit of pleasure and the seeking of self-gratification. A hedonist is a pleasure seeker.

What does laughter do for the human body?

What does laughter do for the human body?

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It's pretty obvious that laughter is fun and makes you feel better. Laughter is a natural endorphin booster but research suggests it could also be the best medicine. As well as increasing breathing; blood flow and creating an emotional outlet, some studies suggest mirth may boost infection-fighting antibodies and immune cells in the body. Another study looked at  the effects on blood vessels when people were shown either comedies or dramas. It found that the people who watched dramas tended to tense up, restricting blood flow, but those who watched comedies had normal blood flow. There's also some evidence that having a laugh may help with weight loss. One theory is it gives the body a mini aerobic workout.

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