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Americans Put a Price on Happiness: $1.2M

That's how much people say they'd need to be happy in new survey

(Newser) - Most Americans (59%) think money can buy happiness, and a new survey on the subject even puts a number on it. On average, Americans say they'd need about $1.2 million to achieve happiness, according to the survey by financial services firm Empower . The figure breaks down in interesting...

You Have More Control Over Your Happiness Than You Know
You Have More Control Over
Your Happiness Than You Know
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You Have More Control Over Your Happiness Than You Know

Making time for joy linked to greater well-being, less stress, better relationships

(Newser) - At the start of a week, survey participants were asked how much they agree with the statement, "I have felt able to impact, influence, or play an active role in how happy I generally feel." A week later, they were asked the same question, and the difference was...

This Is the Happiest State in America

Utah takes the top spot in WalletHub ranking, West Virginia is last

(Newser) - In some states, happiness seems to come more easily. WalletHub analyzed various environmental factors to see which US states boast more contented surroundings, examining 30 metrics in three main categories: emotional and physical well-being, including such factors as the share of adults with depression or alcohol use disorder, life expectancy,...

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth




This Is the
Happiest
Nation on Earth

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth

The honors go to Finland, per annual World Happiness Report; US comes in 15th

(Newser) - It may be cold in the Nordic countries, but residents' hearts are warm. At least, that's what the 10th annual World Happiness Report found during this year's ranking of 137 nations. Per the Verge , the report—which uses study data and self-assessed life evaluations—found that we've...

One City Is America's Happiest
One City Is America's Happiest

One City Is America's Happiest

Folks in Fremont, California are walking around with smiles on their faces, per WalletHub

(Newser) - If you're seeking contentment in a world that seems extra stressful these days, WalletHub is on the case. The site looked at more than 180 of the biggest cities in America, examining 30 metrics in three main categories: emotional and physical well-being, which covers everything from life expectancy and...

$75K Yearly Income Where Happiness Plateaus? There's More to It

Study suggests only the unhappiest 20% see emotional well-being flatline after $100K

(Newser) - Nobel Prize-winning economist and psychologist Daniel Kahneman has admitted his influential study from a decade ago—suggesting happiness increases with household income only up to $75,000 —didn't get it right. The question of whether money can buy happiness has been much debated since Kahneman's 2010 research...

Unusual Experiment Suggests Money Can Buy Happiness

Unless you make $123K a year

(Newser) - The debate over the assertion "money can't buy happiness" is usually a hypothetical one. But an unusual real-world experiment suggests money can indeed bring happiness, and not just in a fleeting way. As NBC News reports, two wealthy donors teamed up with the TED organization to give 200...

This Is the Happiest State in America
This Is the Happiest
State in America

This Is the Happiest State in America

Hawaii tops WalletHub's list; West Virginia lands at the bottom

(Newser) - Happiness is said to be a state of mind—but what state you're in could affect that state. WalletHub wanted to find out where people in the US are at their most content, especially in the wake of the worst of the pandemic and amid new stressors like inflation....

This Is the World's Unhappiest Country

Afghanistan displaces Iraq at top of Gallup list

(Newser) - Last year was a tough year for many countries—but in Afghanistan and Lebanon, things were so bad that the countries displaced Iraq at the top of the list of countries with the worst emotional health. Gallup says the two countries topped its "composite measure of people's daily...

This Is the Happiest Nation in the World

Finland ranks No. 1 in UN-sponsored World Happiness Report; Afghanistan comes in last

(Newser) - OK, we get it—everyone in Finland lives in a constant state of ecstasy. Well, maybe that's a bit hyperbolic, but it's hard not to come to that conclusion after seeing that for the fifth year in a row, Finland has emerged in the top spot in the...

Want a Perpetual Smile on Your Face? Move Here

WalletHub ranks the happiest cities in the US, with 6 out of the top 10 falling in one state

(Newser) - Bobby McFerrin can only offer so many insinuations that being happy is just a state of mind. After all, there are real, measurable factors that can help boost one's happiness level, and in some parts of the US, those factors can be found in spades. WalletHub looked at more...

This Is the Happiest Country in the World

It's not the US, which comes in at No. 14, per 'Forbes'

(Newser) - Saturday is marked as the International Day of Happiness , and in some parts of the world, that contentment factor is especially prevalent. Forbes reports on the 2021 World Happiness Report , the ninth installation, which calls the past year a year "like no other." The Gallup World Poll team...

US Happiness at 48-Year Low
Americans Haven't Been
This Glum in 50 Years
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Americans Haven't Been This Glum in 50 Years

Happiness survey registers 48-year low amid pandemic

(Newser) - Spoiler alert: 2020 has been rough on the American psyche. Folks in the US are more unhappy today than they've been in nearly 50 years, according to the COVID Response Tracking Study , conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Highlights, per the AP :
  • Just 14% of American adults
...

Here Are the Happiest, Least Happy US Cities
Here Are the Happiest,
Least Happy US Cities
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Here Are the Happiest, Least Happy US Cities

Half of the top 10 cities brimming with joy are in the Golden State

(Newser) - Happiness may be a state of mind, but it may also depend on the state of where you live. WalletHub looked at more than 180 of America's biggest cities to see how they ranked in terms of contentment, examining 30 metrics in three main categories: emotional and physical well-being,...

Study Finds Least Happy Age
Study Finds Least Happy Age
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Study Finds Least Happy Age

Researcher sees more midlife adults struggling

(Newser) - Middle age is the worst. And of the worst, age 47.2 is the bottom, a study has found. A comparison of data from 132 countries analyzed the relationship between well-being and age, Bloomberg reports. A Dartmouth College found a U-shaped "happiness curve" over a lifespan, which hits its...

Billionaire to Dole Out $9M in 'Serious Social Experiment'

Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa wants to see if $9K will make 1K lucky winners happier

(Newser) - Money supposedly doesn't buy happiness, but a Japanese billionaire thinks it might at least cheer some people up. Just a couple of weeks after Zozo founder Yusaku Maezawa donated more than $18 million to a Japanese city hit hard by a typhoon, the fashion-minded entrepreneur is back in the...

It's Not the Stuff That Makes the Rich Happier

Researchers find differences in how we spend our leisure time and work autonomy

(Newser) - Being wealthy must have its stresses. You might have to choose between a Rolls-Royce Dawn and Phantom. And did you see the Wraith? Still — Chin up! — the evidence is that they manage to be happier than the rest of us, Forge reports. But it's not the new...

Want to Be Happy? Move to This State

No wonder so many people vacation in the Aloha State

(Newser) - Home is where the heart is, and for people in certain parts of the US, where happiness reigns. WalletHub looked at more than 30 metrics for all 50 states, concentrating on three main categories: emotional and physical well-being (including career and social satisfaction, depression rates, and life expectancy); work environment,...

Top 10 Happiest Nations
Top 10 Happiest Nations

Top 10 Happiest Nations

Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which...

Here Are the 10 Happiest US Cities
Here Are the 10
Happiest US Cities

Here Are the 10 Happiest US Cities

Looking for contentment? These might be your best bet

(Newser) - Marie Kondo is sparking joy around the nation, but you may be able to do that on your own (without a major closet reorg) if you simply pick the right place to live. WalletHub looked at 180-plus US cities across more than 30 "happiness" metrics in three main categories:...

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