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More Family Time = Greater Happiness, Study Says

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Want to be happier? A recent British study found that decent sack time, quality time with your family and working decent hours can all make you happier, according to an article in the New York Post.

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Consultants for Yeo Valley, a British dairy company, asked 4,000 adults to rate their happiness criteria, and the result was a formula that includes a 20-minute work commute and either a date night or a night out with friends. Apparently, it's the simple things -- like a home-cooked meal -- that carry a lot of weight.

People who eat well and drink moderately were among the happiest, the study found. More than 75 percent of the respondents said that time with family and friends rated high on their happiness Richter scale, but more than half found it "difficult to achieve a balanced life."

Work stress and "relationship strife" were among the biggest downers -- no surprise there. The real shocker? Money didn't get a spot on the list!

What do you guys think? Do the simple things make you happy, or are you holding out for a lottery win?

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11 comments so far | Post a comment now
soultravelers3 October 8, 2010, 7:14 AM

I am not surprised at all. One of the reasons we decided to travel the world non-stop as a family in 2005 ( on 23 dollars a day) was to have more time together & we have never been happier!

Captain Obvious October 8, 2010, 7:39 AM

Really? This is what constitutes a valid study? Eating and sleeping well and spending time with loved ones makes you happy. Thank you for that.

KS October 8, 2010, 9:17 AM

Everyone needs balance to be happy. We have been living with this in mind for as long as I can remember and we are a very happy family. It’s not to hard to strike a balance when you make it a priority.

If you want home cooked meals it would be a priority. You would do the grocery shopping. Prep the ingredients on the weekend then each weekday just throw them together add fire and whala…..home cooking.

People simply want to have things done for them in the easiest way possible. The same people who complain about not having the time to cook food are the same people who are sleeping less than 7 hours a night.

If you aren’t getting a full nights rest and you aren’t spending time with your family and you aren’t making your food, what exactly are you choosing to do with your time? Because at the end of the day you either choose to sit at your computer and “work” or you choose to go play a board game with your children, or be intimate with your spouse, or go on a vacation.

pagotr October 9, 2010, 5:51 AM

Of course money is not important for ordinary human happiness. It’s not even a question.

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sciphone November 26, 2010, 9:05 PM

Well written article, well researched and useful for me in the future.I am so happy you took the time and effort to make this. See you around

Targeted FB Fans December 9, 2010, 5:40 PM

Thanks for the fantastic ideas. Please meditate upon some of the many blessings on this world, and share them with others. It is a nice blessing to go along good things. Work laborious to do something special for others whenever you can. Make all the pieces more particular for everyone.

korokotikoala February 6, 2011, 10:43 AM

Thanks a million. That is interesting reading

Paige Giovanetti March 16, 2011, 12:39 PM

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Bryan T. Stallings March 31, 2011, 4:25 AM

Thank you

Jose I. Silver April 8, 2011, 4:48 AM


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