Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happiness is ... opportunity, good health, relationships, and the freedom

The ability to freely move, worship, and choose one’s way in life matter more to people’s sense of satisfaction than how tolerant they feel their country is. 

People's capacity to participate in their political systems affects their levels of personal wellbeing more than how much corruption they perceive in their local government and businesses. 

The ability to build trusting relationships and participate in social networks contributes more to life satisfaction than being helped by a stranger through donations or volunteering.

Personal safety has a greater effect on one’s sense of wellbeing than the protection of material possessions. All in all, countries in which people can freely pursue opportunity amidst high levels of trust and safety are also the happiest, most prosperous countries.

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