MedCenter 23 Looks at Happiness in Our Lives

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 11:05am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

Most of us have heard money can't buy you love, but can it make you happy.
Maria Alejandra Mazariegos explains in a MedCenter 23 report.

It's a question most of us may have asked ourselves at one point during our lives, Are we happy?, and if we are, just how often do we feel happiness? According to recent survey data, 14% of Americans say they are not too happy. The same survey is showing happiness scores have not been this low since 1972, which means most people were happier over 30 years ago.

Researchers say the economy could be to blame, but the survey ended in August of last year, before the economy took the biggest dive. It indicates that money problems weren't a major factor contributing to the findings. Also, data from the past 30 years does not reflect a drop in happiness during other recessions, again going to prove that money seems t play a less important role in achieving happiness.

Interestingly the survey found being married is the single biggest factor contributing to a person's happiness levels. People who were in a committed marriage had the most very happy responses. The survey was part of the General Social Survey, which includes questions on several topics in an attempt to find the magic formula to personal happiness.

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