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What Happy People Don’t Do

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Published: November 19, 2008

Happy people spend a lot of time socializing, going to church and reading newspapers — but they don’t spend a lot of time watching television, a new study finds.

That’s what unhappy people do.

Although people who describe themselves as happy enjoy watching television, it turns out to be the single activity they engage in less often than unhappy people, said John Robinson, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland and the author of the study, which appeared in the journal Social Indicators Research.

While most large studies on happiness have focused on the demographic characteristics of happy people — factors like age and marital status — Dr. Robinson and his colleagues tried to identify what activities happy people engage in. The study relied primarily on the responses of 45,000 Americans collected over 35 years by the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey, and on published “time diary” studies recording the daily activities of participants.

Going to church “helps you” to be part of the “happy people set”? My first thought as a practicing agnostic is to say “posh”. But if they mean that “going to church” is a good way to socialize then maybe I grant their assessment. IMHO I cannot personally make the case to begin going to church to stimulate my own happiness index.

I find that listening to my iTunes music playlists induce the amount of happiness serotonin that I need, or that’s the solution that I prefer vs. listening to a bunch of wishful thinking about  being saved and “born again” et al.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/21 at 06:01

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