Who Is Happiest?

Your height, age and country—even the amount of tweeting you do—affect how happy you are, according to several studies conducted to get to the bottom of who’s best at finding contentment

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Taller Women

Taller women, on average, have happier lives. When participants in Gallup-Healthways' Well-Being Index daily poll of the U.S. population were asked to imagine a ladder where the top represents their "best possible life," women of below-average height (less than five feet four inches) ranked themselves lower on the ladder than women of above-average height. The study showed that taller people are better educated and earn more money, which leads to greater self-reported happiness.


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The most life satisfaction occurs after your fifties, and the least satisfaction in middle age (worst birthday: 46), according to a study published in the journal Social Science and Medicine. Other research, conducted at Duke University, suggests that the single happiest time period occurs in your seventies. Why you should look forward to your golden years: Cognitive changes in older people make them remember more good memories while forgetting the negative ones.


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Brazilian Women

Out of 158 countries, Brazil nabbed the top position on the happiness scale for women, indicates a study conducted by the social-policies center of the Getulio Vargas Foundation. Brazil's financial growth, which has heavily benefited women, is one of the main contributors to their bliss.


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Smaller Cities

Cities with fewer tweets per capita are happier, according to the science journal PLoS One. The study analyzed 10 million geotagged tweets gathered from 373 urban areas in the United States and scored words in each tweet by using a list of preranked words in terms of their association with happiness. Cities with fewer per capita tweets had higher "happy word" scores than those with more tweets.


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African Americans with a strong racial identity

Psychology researchers from Michigan State University found a positive correlation among African Americans between cheerfulness and embracing one's racial identity. The relationship is especially strong for women because the sense of belonging is particularly important to them.



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Government Workers

Which are the happiest and unhappiest industries to work in? Government lands in the highest place, according to 43,000 employee reviews analyzed by CareerBliss. At the bottom: agriculture and mining. CareerBliss explains that government employees tend to have good relationships with their colleagues and feel they are giving back to their country, but those in agriculture and mining jobs earn low salaries and have few growth opportunities. 


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Aloha! For the fourth year in a row, Hawaiians rate as the happiest Americans in a Gallup-Healthways poll. Compared with other U.S. citizens, Hawaiians are more likely to report laughing and smiling and less likely to report stress or worry. CBS News notes that Hawaiians have good eating and exercise habits, which may contribute to their health and overall happiness. Surf and great weather can't hurt, either.


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