Ever think that you’d be so much happier if you were the guy driving down the street in a car that costs as much as someone’s house? Turns out, if you’re getting quality Zs and have a happy sex life, you’re the one winning, man. A new study has found the top indicators of happiness, and money doesn’t even hit the top five.
The study conducted by researchers from Oxford Economics and the National Centre for Social Research in Great Britain, asked 8,250 people of varying backgrounds to fill out a 60-question survey to determine what it means to “live well.” The questions covered everything – from the state of an individual’s sleep quality, finances, and job security to their relationships with friends, family and their community. And the results? They weren’t what you’d expect.
The result was the creation of the Sainsbury’s Living Well Index, which generated a list of the top factors that separated the happiest 20 percent from everyone else. In order of biggest influence, sleep quality, sex life, job security, health of close relatives and chatting to neighbors were the top five factors that determined who was actually living well.
The study found that income had very little impact on a person’s perception of well being. In fact, a 50 percent increase in disposable income only led to a miniscule increase in a person’s “living well” score.
So what does that mean for you? Granted, this research was done on people living in Great Britain, but the country bears many similarities to ours. Bottom line, if you want to be happier, it’s time to buddy up with that bed in more ways than one and give those relationships in your life some much-needed attention.