Happiness indices

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The Finns hold the secret of happiness – and it is not what you might expect | Emma Beddington
Finland’s tourist board is running a competition to win a happiness masterclass. Sadly, the prize doesn’t involve drinking in your underwear, writes Emma Beddington

Emma Beddington

27, Mar, 2023 @5:00 AM

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Covid has not affected people’s happiness around world, study reveals
World Happiness Report finds higher levels of benevolence in all global regions than before the pandemic

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

20, Mar, 2023 @12:01 AM

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The biggest lie the rich ever told? That money can’t buy you happiness | Arwa Mahdawi
New studies confirm that having more money can improve our wellbeing. So much for the story powerful people have always tried to push

Arwa Mahdawi

14, Mar, 2023 @2:40 PM

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Out with pouts and down with frowns as the smile sneaks on to the catwalk
A strange thing has been seen of late in the world of haute couture – some of its famously straight-faced denizens have been turning up the corners of their mouths

Ellie Violet Bramley

11, Mar, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Forget regret! How to have a happy life – according to the world’s leading expert
For 84 years, the Harvard Study of Adult Development has tracked the lives of hundreds of Americans. Now its director, Robert Waldinger, is explaining what it has taught him about health and fulfilment

Emine Saner

06, Feb, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Not just about the money: pioneering study reveals best and worst jobs in UK
‘Full earnings’ account for wellbeing as well as financial reward – and make income gap look even worse

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

09, Sep, 2022 @1:31 PM

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The big idea: should we be using data to make life’s big decisions?
Faced with tough choices, people usually fall back on gut instinct or seek the advice of friends. Now, there’s an alternative

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

25, Jul, 2022 @11:30 AM

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If you find everyone else boring you only have yourself to blame
Birdwatchers, church-goers and TV addicts are considered dull, according to new research. But this is stereotyping - let’s embrace the mundane

Viv Groskop

19, Mar, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Reasons to be cheerful: optimists live longer, says study
Those with a positive attitude to life may lower their anxiety levels by avoiding arguments or not perceiving traffic jams as stressful

Ian Sample Science editor

07, Mar, 2022 @5:00 AM

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The Guardian view on trying times: of course unhappiness has risen | Editorial
Editorial: It is no surprise that anxiety is increasing, nor that it is distributed unequally. More money for mental health services is needed


26, Aug, 2021 @5:56 PM

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The joy conundrum: why has the US hit peak happiness when the rest of the world is so sad?
A survey reveals that Americans are happier than they’ve been for 13 years. One very specific turning point may explain it

21, Jul, 2021 @5:24 PM

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Readers reply: were people happier in the good old days? And when were they?
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical concepts

11, Jul, 2021 @1:00 PM

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