Just what does it take to keep people happy? As it turns out, the answer is one of the simplest that could exist – marriage, and a good night’s sleep.
A Government study, that set out to find what gives Brits a “sense of wellbeing”, showed that two of the most common answers given by people were being married, and having enough of sleep.
The study, by researches of the Whitehall Wellbeing Working Group also found that those people who spend 'more time socialising', chatting with a neighbour over the fence, having plenty of sex in a steady relationship , as well as caring out about endangered species also tend to be happier than others.
“It's shown that married people are happier - so what does that mean for politics? Does it follow that we should be encouraging people to marry? Is that the realm of politics...or something that should be left to individual choice?” the Daily Mail quoted Paul Dolan, professor of economics at Imperial College in London, as saying. <b1>
And if you think that being tall and thin also makes people happy, well then think again, for what matters most it seems, is being of average height and weight.
As for what makes people unhappy, well the reasons are just as numerous. The researchers found that extreme weather tends to get people’s spirits down, as well as being dumped, getting sacked or having to live in a heavily polluted area.