Thursday, October 14, 2010

German study finds happiness is based on choices, not genes

Researchers found that those who prioritize family, friends, altruistic goals, and exercise are happier than those just chasing money and success.

According to the results of a long-term study in Germany, happiness has more to do with our personal choices than it does with our genetic make-up.

An international group of researchers analysed data gathered by the German Socio-Economic Panel Survey (SOEP) from its widespread study of 60,000 Germans over 25 years.

They found that altruistic goals were more important than money, and that focusing on family, social activities, exercise, religion, and working the right amount were good choices to ensure happiness.

The findings were published last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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