If there’s one thing we’re told that we need in life, happiness would probably rise to the top of the list.
But forget buying a puppy, having that extra serve of dessert or going on a shopping spree. Because researchers at Deakin University claim they have found the key to personal happiness. The research they conducted is based on more than 60,000 individual responses, so it’s safe to say it is pretty spot on.
So apparently true happiness ultimately comes down to three things:
- Good personal relationships
- Financial security
- A sense of life purpose
Yet of the three, Deakin University emeritus professor, Robert Cummings, said having good personal relationships was the most significant. "People on low incomes can have normal levels of happiness provided that their relationships and purpose in life are strongly positive," he told The Huffington Post.
Yet it doesn't need to be a romantic relationship, strong friendships which foster closeness can be crucial.