We found people who own their home outright were 1.5 times as likely to be highly satisfied with life as renters. But it can be a different story if you have a mortgage – especially if you’re 50-plus.
29 years of democracy has left its mark.
Rather battered and frayed South African flag billowing in the wind against a cloud-strewn sky.
A threshold has been crossed, with a pessimistic outlook becoming more dominant than an optimistic one.
How much money would you have to win in a lottery to achieve your ideal life?
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New research shows that humans don’t necessarily have unlimited wants, and that an ‘ideal life’ costs less than you might think.
Being better at math increases income but also ties satisfaction more closely to money.
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Compared to people who aren’t as good at math, people who are better at math are more happy when they have high incomes and less happy when they have lower incomes.
Using social media increases our natural tendency to compare ourselves. How does this affect our well-being?
Comparing ourselves to people who are worse off than we are on social media should make us feel better. The opposite is true.
The change point at which the happiness of most Australians no longer strongly depends on income has almost doubled from A$43,000 to A$74,000.
Looking for light.
People inevitably became less contented during the pandemic, but it’s part of a longer trend.
In an ongoing study, most of those interviewed seemed to recognize that they were happier in their 30s than they were in their 20s.
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A developmental psychologist explains how a period of life that’s often hectic and stressful can also end up being quite rewarding.
Our study of 14,000 Australians shows the effect of 18 major life events on happiness and life satisfaction.
Four decades on, and commencing retirement, Australians who entered the labour market during the 1970s recession are less happy than those born earlier or later.
Today’s national accounts will be important, but for many Australians will say little about living standards.
Happiness varies by location, and what matters for happiness varies as well.
Although disparities exist, French teachers are generally satisfied with their jobs.
Nearly 1 million teachers in France – 4% of the employed population – work with students on a daily basis, in the public or private sector. How do they feel?
Happiness and life satisfaction levels vary across different religious groups.
Considering factors that contribute to happiness and life satisfaction.
Economic inequality has psychological effects.
It is well known that economic inequality is rising. In most industrialised nations the distribution of wealth and income is becoming increasingly concentrated. In the United States, the top 10% of earners…
Bundles of joy.
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Fall in love, have a baby, watch your happiness and satisfaction plummet. Psychology researchers know the transition to parenthood can be rough on relationships.
Counting on GDP misses the mood.
Since 1990, GDP per person in China has doubled and then redoubled. With average incomes multiplying fourfold in little more than two decades, one might expect many of the Chinese people to be dancing…
The good life.
How happy are you in your job? Very happy or very unhappy? New data suggests that the happiest workers in the UK occupy jobs in the clergy. The next happiest workers are CEOs, and “managers and proprietors…
Researchers have known for some time that higher education does not necessarily lead to greater levels of life satisfaction…
An international study has found being able to accept that certain things cannot be changed is directly related to satisfaction…