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Friendship, Not Money, Makes People Happy

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Story at-a-glance -

  • Income inequality explains only 1 percent of the variation in happiness levels within a community while mental health differences explain over 4 percent
  • Having a partner in life plays a greater role in life satisfaction than education level
  • Public policy focusing on people’s physical and mental health, along with their relationships, could reduce depression and anxiety and thereby reduce misery by 20 percent, compared to just a 5 percent reduction if the focus was on eliminating poverty

By Dr. Mercola

In the quest for happiness, many people put their hopes on the attainment of material possessions when what may matter most of all, according to new research, are things that money can't buy, namely good health and strong relationships.


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