Happiness factors — Here is some of what he discovered and writes about:
Extroverts are happier than introverts.
Optimists are happier than pessimists.
Married people are happier than singles, but people with children are the same as childless couples.
Republicans are happier than democrats.
People who go to church are happier than those who don’t.
People with college degrees are happier than those without, but people with advanced degrees are less happy.
People with an active sex life are happier than those without.
Women and men are equally happy, but women have a wider emotional range.
Having an affair will make you happy, but not if your spouse finds out and leaves you.
People are least happy when they are commuting to work.
Busy people are happier than those with too little to do.
Trust is the best predictor — But the best predictor of happiness is trust. If people trust the people around them, friends, and family, and if they trust their government, then they will score highest on the happiness surveys.
What do you think? Why is trust such a big predictor?
Eric Weiner’s book is a informative, but it’s also a fun read, filled with interesting stories as he travels all around the world. I highly recommend it, and here’s a link for the book at Amazon: