News on happiness

Research on the development of happiness according to age

Do we get happier the older we get and what are the reasons for it?

“It’s a very encouraging fact that we can expect to be happier in our early 80s than we were in our 20s.” Andrew J. Oswald, a professor of psychology at Warwick Business School in England

Researchers conducted a telephone survey in 2008 and there is a new study based on this survey published.

Arthur A. Stone, lead author of the study says: “It could be that there are environmental changes, or it could be psychological changes about the way we view the world, or it could even be biological — for example brain chemistry or endocrine changes.”

Link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/01/health/research/01happy.html

Study: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/05/04/1003744107.abstract

UK starts to think about the value of happiness

A group of MPs has urged David Cameron’s Government to release national happiness statistics.

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/offbeat/mps-call-for-happiness-statistics-14833126.html#ixzz0qF31BxFo

South-Africa: Soccer makes people happier than having a higher education?

Comparing pre and post-tournament happiness levels, the authors of the book Soccernomics said: “… the average person gains twice as much happiness from hosting a soccer tournament as from having higher education.”

http://www.timeslive.co.za/lifestyle/article490768.ece/Sipping-from-the-Cup-of-happiness