I just read an article about a study conducted in Australia. The researchers found that men enjoy their happiness online while women prefer to be with their families.
The “Happiness Index” study, polled more than 8,500 Australians aged 18-64 years. The results showed rest and relaxation were the most enjoyable activities while physical exercise was least likely to make people happy. Just over half of men said happiness meant surfing the Internet, playing online games or accessing social network sites such as Facebook, compared with only 39 percent of women. 55% of women said having meals and spending time together as a family made them happiest, compared to 45% of men. Women are also more likely than men to have been made happy by their pets.
I am wondering if these results are representational of people in general or simply a measure of Australians and their values.
I consulted marketresearchworld.net to see if they had any ideas on what makes Americans happy.
What Makes Americans Happy?
Their Love Lives and Families, but Money and Work–Not So Much
According to the site, the “America Says” Survey issued for Summer, 2006 documents this about Americans.
- 77 percent are either extremely or somewhat happy in general
- American’s major sources of happiness are their love lives and their immediate families
- Nearly 60 percent say their love lives make them either extremely or somewhat happy seven percent say they are extremely unhappy with their love lives.
- Forty percent of Americans said their careers make them either extremely or somewhat happy.
On the other hand, similar high percentages of Americans say they are either extremely or somewhat happy with their homes (63 percent), their cars (62 percent) and their outlook for the future (58 percent).
A graphical summary of the results is available at http://www.directionsresearch.com/files/AmericaSaysResults20064.pdf . There was no mention of the internet and surfing but, I will guess that it makes many American’s happy.
So, What makes Americans unhappy? The survey found the greatest dissatisfaction with Federal and local governments. Only 20 percent said they are extremely or somewhat happy with the Federal government while slightly more are happy with local government.