Happiness, Statistically Speaking
(by OOC via technologyreview.com)
Just what makes us happy? According to this research of U.S. attitudes the answers are:
Statistically speaking, the healthy amongst us are 20% happier than those in ill health (us, we're surprised that the spread's not greater); marriage adds 10% to one's happiness quotient (us, we're suprised it's that high – not because we're in a bad marriage or mariage opposed, oh no, but because of the divorce rate ); and income adds 3.5% (frankly, despite knowing that money doesn't buy happiness, it does reduce a few stresses, so we're equally surprised this isin't a bit higher.)
Kids? Now that's where it gets interesting. Apparently and statistically, each child actually reduces happiness by 0.25%. What then accounts for the continuance of the species and the warm fuzzies we get every time we see our children? The research doesn't say. For a full read, go here.
How would you rank these 4 (health, marriage, income, and kids) in contributing to your happiness, what you'd expect would make you happy, or what doesn't make you happy now? We know a lot of brilliant, kind, curious, successful and beautiful women who are without marriage and kids…and it's for sure hating on their happy. Tell us what you think in the comments.