What Happy People Don't Do

Interesting article from the New York Times:

Although people who describe themselves as happy enjoy watching television, it turns out to be the single activity they engage in less often than unhappy people, said John Robinson, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland and the author of the study,  which appeared in the journal Social Indicators Research.

While most large studies on happiness have focused on  the demographic characteristics of happy people - factors like age and marital status - Dr. Robinson and his colleagues  tried to identify what activities happy people engage in. The study relied primarily on the responses of 45,000 Americans collected over 35 years by the University of Chicago's General Social Survey, and on published "time diary" studies recording the daily activities of participants. 

"We looked at 8 to 10 activities that happy people engage in, and for one, the people who did the activities more - visiting others, going to church, all those things - were more happy, " Dr. Robinson said. "TV was the one activity that showed a negative relationship. Unhappy people did it more,  and happy people did it less."

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