By: William Verity and Yasmin Parry.
The latest instalment of one of Australia’s largest wellbeing surveys has found that besides genetics, there are three simple indicators of a happy life.
Financial security, a sense of purpose in life, and good personal relationships make up the “golden triangle” of happiness.
The Australian Wellbeing Index has been conducted twice a year over the last 15 years and involves more than 60,000 participants.
But beyond the “golden triangle” of happiness, the researchers made some other surprising findings.
Here are five more indicators of happiness according to the survey.
1. Social media: Moderation is key
While there was no difference in happiness between people who spent no time on social media, compared with those who spent over an hour a day, researchers said moderation appeared to be the key.
Those of us who used social media for just 30 minutes a day were the only group to report happiness above the normal range.
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According to report author, Professor Robert Cummins of Deakin University, there has been a surprising and continuing spike in the levels of teenage contentment since 2007, the year that social media came of age.
”It may very well be the case that the social media is allowing them a sense of community, a sense of connection with one another which was much more difficult for them to achieve prior to that era,” he said.