Some facts about Happiness: Matthew Ricard

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Happiness rises with social involvement and participation in volunteer organizations, the practice of sports or music, and membership in leisure clubs.
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It is closely tied to the maintenance and quality of private relationships.
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People who are married or cohabiting are, in general, significantly happier than singles, widows and widowers, or the divorced or separated living alone.
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As for the children of divided parents, they are twice as likely to experience a variety of social, psychological, or academic problems.
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Happiness tends to be greater among those who have paying work.
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Death rate and incidences of illness, depression, suicide, and alcoholism are notably higher among the unemployed.
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And yet housewives are no more dissatisfied than professionals.
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It is also interesting to note that retirement makes life not less satisfying, but rather more so.
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The elderly see their lives as slightly less pleasant than those of the young, but they enjoy more stable overall satisfaction and feel more positive emotions.
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Age, it seems, can grant relative wisdom.
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Happiness tends to be more pronounced among highly energetic people in good physical condition.
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It does not seem to be linked to climate; contrary to received wisdom, people are no happier in sunny regions than they are in rainy ones, except for the pathological cases of those suffering from depression due to the long winter nights in northern latitudes.
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