If you want to be happier, listen up! Here’s the lowdown on what gives people a “sense of wellbeing” – and what doesn’t. This intelligence comes from recent research published in the London Daily Mail. First, here’s what makes people unhappy:
- Broken relationships, getting fired, and living in a heavily-polluted area.
- Also, most people can smile through a light drizzle but heavy rainfall can cause depression. In fact, any type of extreme weather hurts happiness.
- And two things that don’t necessarily increase contentment: being well-educated, and having children. The research has found that you can be just as happy without those things.
On the flip side, here are a few predictors of happiness from the wellbeing study:
- First, being married is a mood-booster. Several studies show that married couples are happier than singletons.
- Other mood-boosters: Gardening, praying, and going for walks. Also spending more time socializing with friends and family, and being of average weight boost wellbeing. As does being in a stable relationship.
- Also, people who care about endangered species are happier.
- One last happiness-booster: getting a good night’s sleep.