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Where are the world's happiest countries?

Where are the world's happiest countries? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

People in the world's happiest countries live longer, freer, more generous lives, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report, released on World Happiness Day.

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Professor Richard Layard from the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance is a co-author of the World Happiness Report 2017

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UK Data Service's curator insight, March 22, 5:31 AM
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Link to World Happiness Report 2017
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People were happier in 1957 than today, according to research

People were happier in 1957 than today, according to research | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

People living in 1957 were happier than people are today – and happiness levels have not reached those levels in the intervening 60 years, according to research.

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The Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) is funded by the ESRC

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Children who use social media for three hours a night more fed up with how they look

Children who use social media for three hours a night more fed up with how they look | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Children who are heavy users of social media are unhappier about their appearance than those who never use sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to a leading study supported by the Government.

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The findings are based on data from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society study

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A record number of girls are unhappy because of their appearance

A record number of girls are unhappy because of their appearance | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

More than 700,000 girls in the UK aged 10 to 15 said they were unhappy because of the way they look, according to a report by the Children’s Society.

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The report by the Children's Society was written using data from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society study

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UK Data Service's curator insight, September 1, 2016 8:07 AM
This article covers research which uses data held by the UK Data Service.

Understanding Society
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What jobs do the world's happiest people do?

What jobs do the world's happiest people do? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Are farmers happier than musicians? Do members of the clergy feel more satisfied with their lives than politicians? Are people happier in better paid jobs?

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The article looks at ONS data collated by What Works Wellbeing, an initiative part-funded by ESRC

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Greater Happiness Leads to Greater Productivity, Study Finds

Greater Happiness Leads to Greater Productivity, Study Finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Modern attention toward a work environment that keeps employees happy is more than just feel-good fluff; a new study shows clearer links than ever before between worker happiness and productivity.

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This article refers to research undertaken by the ESRC funded Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at Warwick University.

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Leeds Beckett University researchers ask what makes us happy

Leeds Beckett University researchers ask what makes us happy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

University academics are getting ready to tackle a big question: What makes people happy?

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The researchers cited in the article will be working on one of four research programmes run by the ESRC and What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

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Emotional health in childhood ‘is the key to future happiness’

Emotional health in childhood ‘is the key to future happiness’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
LSE study says money, success and good grades are less important
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Article features research from the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.

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Olivia Perez's curator insight, November 13, 2014 11:03 PM
Defiantly being a happier healthy child is a key factor to having a happier life as an adult. They said that income gives you 1% of satisfactory as an adult, so therefore as humans happiness has to come not from accomplishments, but because you grew up happy and that you have a happy healthy life.
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It's official: The British are born to be miserable, new research finds

It's official: The British are born to be miserable, new research finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
“The British do not expect happiness,” claimed English writer Quentin Crisp – and it appears he may have been right.
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Article discussing research to be presented at the Happiness Around the World Festival of Social Science event.

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Americans, Brits and French are born miserable: Length of gene determines how happy you will be

Americans, Brits and French are born miserable: Length of gene determines how happy you will be | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The French are often accused of being grumpy and dismissive. But Britons and Americans are also hardwired to be miserable, scientists claim, the Daily Mail reports.

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Article discussing research to be presented at the Happiness Around the World Festival of Social Science event.

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Americans and Brits are genetically programmed to be MISERABLE 

Americans and Brits are genetically programmed to be MISERABLE  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
  • Scientists at Warwick University discovered the gene responsible for serotonin levels in the brain is responsible for setting your mood
  • The shorter the gene, the lower the levels of the mood-enhancing hormone
  • Longer the gene the higher the levels of serotonin, thus people are happier
  • Danes found to be happiest, and have longest form of the gene
  • But those in France are most miserable, with the shortest form
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Article discussing research to be presented at the Happiness Around the World Festival of Social Science event.

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Britons are born grumpy. But cheer up, French are worse

Britons are born grumpy. But cheer up, French are worse | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The British, Americans and the French are born to be miserable and no amount of money or sunshine will change that, researchers suggest
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Article discussing research to be presented at the Happiness Around the World Festival of Social Science event.


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Want To Be Happy? Get Some Danish DNA

Want To Be Happy? Get Some Danish DNA | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"Some people seem to be happy no matter what. If you visit many places in Africa, even when the existence may seem hard to Europeans or Americans, a lot of people are quite happy."

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The article features findings from economists at the ESRC-funded Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy.

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'Happiness gap' divide widest in Wales, study shows

'Happiness gap' divide widest in Wales, study shows | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Some parts of Wales show the widest gap in the UK between those happy with life - and those who are not.

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The study was carried out by the ESRC-funded What Works Centre for Wellbeing

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UK Data Service's curator insight, March 28, 4:30 AM
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Annual Population Survey
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Money really doesn't make you happy

Money really doesn't make you happy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A study by the London School of Economics has revealed treating conditions such as anxiety and depression would 'reduce misery' more than eliminating poverty in the UK.

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The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is funded by the ESRC. Professor Richard Layard is based at the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance.

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UK Data Service's curator insight, December 14, 2016 7:54 AM
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British Household Panel Survey
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Why are British teenage girls so unhappy?

Why are British teenage girls so unhappy? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Girls in the UK have become unhappier in the last five years, according to new research. But why?

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This article is about the Good Childhood Report by the Children's Society, which uses data from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society study

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UK girls becoming more unhappy - study

UK girls becoming more unhappy - study | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Girls in Britain are becoming more unhappy with some saying they feel ugly and worthless, says the Children's Society annual report.

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The report by the Children's Society uses data from the ESRC-funded longitudinal study Understanding Society

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Taking part in sport and cultural activities makes us happier, says study 

Taking part in sport and cultural activities makes us happier, says study  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Taking part in sport and cultural activities makes us happier, says study - A new study conducted at Nottingham Trent University found that engagement in sports and cultural activities like attending concerts positively contributed to a person's happiness.

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Article cites research using data from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society

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8 Things That Make You Happier, Backed by Research

8 Things That Make You Happier, Backed by Research | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Give five hugs a day, spend time with friends and spend money on someone else, to name but three things.

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Article cites research from the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey

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Brits are genetically grumpier

Brits are genetically grumpier | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
New research from the University of Warwick has revealed that the Brits, French and Americans are more likely to be grumpy
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Article discusses research presented at the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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It is being a misery that keeps me going

It is being a misery that keeps me going | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
HURRAH! I’m a grumpy old woman – and it’s not my fault!
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Article discussing research to be presented at the Happiness Around the World Festival of Social Science event.

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​Brits genetically ‘programmed’ to be grumpy

​Brits genetically ‘programmed’ to be grumpy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
According to research published on Thursday, Brits are more likely to be grumps because they possess a “short form” version of a gene that produces serotonin – the neurochemical which controls happiness levels in the brain.
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Feeling grumpy? Britons were officially BORN to be miserable

Feeling grumpy? Britons were officially BORN to be miserable | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
HERE'S some news to brighten your day - Britons are born to be miserable and down–trodden, according to new research.
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Feeling grumpy? Britons were officially BORN to be miserable

Feeling grumpy? Britons were officially BORN to be miserable | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
HERE'S some news to brighten your day - Britons are born to be miserable and down–trodden, according to new research.
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DNA key to Danish happiness: study

They are officially the happiest people on Earth and now scientists think they know why life is such a dream for the Danes.
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The article features findings from economists at the ESRC-funded Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy.

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