Happiness and how it is achieved via BBC - religion not mentioned!

Hi there

I think this is an interesting article from the BBC. This study  doesn't mention that belief in an entity/religion is essential to a rich and happy life  which is so frequently used by those who suggest it is a critical cornerstone to a full life. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23097143

Here is an excerpt:

So what should we do to make ourselves happier?

Studies collated by the database say you tend to be happier if you:

  • Are in a long-term relationship
  • Are actively engaged in politics
  • Are active in work and in your free time
  • Go out for dinner
  • Have close friendships (though happiness does not increase with the number of friends you have)

And there are some surprising findings:

  • People who drink in moderation are happier than people who don't drink at all.
  • Men tend to be happier in a society where women enjoy greater equality.
  • Being considered good looking increases men's happiness more than it does women's.
  • You tend to be happier if you think you're good looking, rather than if you actually, objectively speaking, are.
  • Having children lowers your happiness levels, but your happiness increases when they grow up and leave home.

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