As 2016 has been oft-derided and most will not be missing it when the calendar turns to 2017 in a few weeks. So let’s try as many ways as we can to end the year on a high.

A study published by the London School of Economics has found that people are happier by finding love than getting a pay raise, via Telegraph. Nice to see that not everything is material.

On top of that, the study found that good mental health is valued higher than a pay raise. The question wasn’t just a pay raise, it’d be doubling their pay.

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“People need to be needed, and to be in meaningful relationships,” the authors said. “Happiness is hugely affected by the ethos of a society, which affects everyone in it.”

The study was conducted across multiple countries from 200,000 people.

“For example, happiness is higher in societies where people trust each other,” the authors wrote. “If those who trust others rises from 0 per cent to 100 per cent, happiness rises by 1 whole point. Freedom is also a crucial determinant of happiness. So no-one who favors happiness should favor a totalitarian state.”

This study feels to be a win for the goodwill of the world.

“The evidence shows that the things that matter most for our happiness and for our misery are our social relationships and our mental and physical health,” the authors said. This demands a new role for the state – not ‘wealth creation’ but ‘wellbeing creation’. In the past, the state has successively taken on poverty, unemployment, education and physical health.”


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