If I ask what makes you happy, I could get a verity of answers. For some it’s a party, others its food and for someone else it could be their work.
By rating the responses on a scale of 10, LSE saw that increase in pay brought the scale only to 0.2 while having a partner brought it to 0.6. This itself is a great evidence of what matters most to people. It is not only true for adding happiness to life but is also true the other way around. The loss of a loved one gives greater pain the loss of money. The same research also through light on the fact that people suffer more from depression or anxiety than from unemployment. These problems in turn reduce happiness by 0.7 points.
The research also focuses on other factors that contribute in making a person happy. It has been found that trust and freedom are key elements for happiness. People who feel trusted and experience freedom are happier than those who don’t. Being so crucial to the overall wellness of humankind, this issue will be discussed at a conference on well being at LSE, which is co organized by Organization for Economic Co Operation and Development. So what is your idea of happiness? Tell us what you think…
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