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Are people happier in the countryside?

Over and over again sociologists have found that people in the countryside report a higher happiness index than people who live in cities. Is this effect well received by all sociologists? Source: ...
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Do religious people score more favorably on most common social indicators than the non-religious? [closed]

In the Age of Em, Robin Hanson claims that "...religious people tend to be happier, healthier, and more productive. They live longer, smoke less, exercise more, earn more, get and stay married more, ...
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Does smiling make us more happy?

Michael Poh writes on the blog HONGKIET: When we smile, there are some biological processes that somehow trick our brain into thinking we’re happy. That being happy can make one smile is obvious. ...
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Are smarter people more likely to be happy?

The BBC published an article arguing: People with lower intelligence are more likely to be unhappy than their brighter colleagues Is that an accurate description of what we know about the ...
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Are people happier when they spend money on experiences rather than physical objects?

In several articles, such as The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things, People Who Spend Money On Experiences Instead Of Things Are Much Happier, the claim is made ...
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Are polyamorous people happier?

Gleb Tsipursky claims in his article "How Do You Live Happily Ever After When There’s A Love Triangle?": Moreover, research on poly relationships show that people with consensual non-monogamous ...
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Are Generation Y yuppies unhappy?

An recent article from Wait But Why titled Why Generation Y Yuppies are Unhappy blames young professionals for being unhappy because their expectations are too high; they believe themselves special. ...
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Does money correlate with happiness at a certain level?

I read various claims, but this HowStuffWorks article seems the most representative (bolding is all mine): The one place that money and happiness are significantly linked is when a person is ...
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Is there a plateau in happiness vs. GDP per capita? [duplicate]

I remember reading about a study that had measured GDP per capita (or a similar parameter) and average (self-reported?) happiness in a lot of countries. It was hypothesized that there's a limit where ...
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Are fat people happier?

We all know Santa Claus is a big jolly guy, but is it true that fat people are happier than slim people? They teamed up with colleagues across Europe to study the lifestyles of thousands of people ...
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Are religious people happier?

This video discusses the idea that religious people are happier. Are there: any sources that support or contradict the claims? any scientific papers that address the issue?
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Can a society become unhappier with an increase in wealth?

People like to claim that less developed countries are happier, because they live the simple life and stronger family ties. We've all heard the saying: Money can't buy you happiness. Which is easy ...
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