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Previous research finds that…

  • Community participation activities such as taking an active interest in current affairs; regularly socialising with household members, friends, extended family and neighbours; and taking part in organised community activities have been associated with improved wellbeing.
  • Happier people give more and giving also leads to increased happiness.
  • People who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.
  • Money is associated with wellbeing because having enough money improves living conditions and increases social status. However, happiness only increases with income to a point.  A range of studies have shown that it is the quality of our personal relationships, not income that has the greatest effect on our state of wellbeing.
  • Believing that money is the key to happiness can also harm a person's wellbeing. For example, a person who chooses to work a lot of overtime misses out on time with family, friends and leisure pursuits.

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