DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: The three things that are proven to make you happy … and a lot of money in one, not one!

Harry Enfield & # 39; s character from the 80s, Loadsamoney, is no guarantee of luck

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Harry Enfield & # 39; s character from the 80s, Loadsamoney, is no guarantee of luck

Am I as happy as I could be? How can I become happier? These are questions that we all ask ourselves from time to time. And for centuries philosophers have tied themselves up in knots arguing about what happiness is and trying to define it.

Well, I'm happy to say that we finally have reliable ways to measure happiness. There is also scientific evidence of the things that make us happy, and those who don't. They are a mix of obvious and surprising.

I am currently very excited about the subject because I have spent the last few days at the Happiness & Its Causes conference in Sydney.

The most intriguing news is due to the annual World Happiness Report, a historical overview of 1.6 million inhabitants from 156 countries. This survey keeps asking people questions about how happy they are with their lives.

One of the major problems in doing such happiness research is figuring out how to measure it.

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After much thought and painful sensation, they started with an obvious solution and that is to ask people: & # 39; How happy are you with your current life? & # 39;

In fact, they ask people to imagine that they are looking at a ladder. The top of the ladder is ten, the bottom is zero.

You have to place yourself on that ladder, depending on how happy you are at that moment.

Of all the countries involved, Finland is the top of the lucky league, followed by Denmark, Norway and Iceland.

The UK is number 15, ahead of most of our European neighbors. The United States trails in 19th place.

At the very bottom, as you might imagine, are South Sudan and Syria, countries that are ravaged by war.

But what does the World Happiness Report tell us about the things that make us happy? Well, they say that three factors are particularly important.

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Even millionaires can feel miserable

One of the things that are strongly associated with more happiness is money. Or as my father always said: & # 39; Money doesn't make you happy, but it will buy you things that make you happy. & # 39;

All countries at the top of the list are rich, although they are not necessarily the richest. The country with the highest per capita income, Qatar, even comes in 29th place.

When it comes to income and happiness, there seems to be a minimum and a maximum.

According to a recent study, couples with a combined salary of £ 36,000 each year can provide the basic necessities needed for the most basic level of satisfaction.

A recent study found that when a person's salary reaches £ 65,000, their levels of satisfaction begin to fall, and for those who contribute £ 100,000, depression is more likely to strike
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A recent study found that when a person's salary reaches £ 65,000, their levels of satisfaction begin to fall, and for those who contribute £ 100,000, depression is more likely to strike

A recent study found that when a person's salary reaches £ 65,000, their levels of satisfaction begin to fall, and for those who contribute £ 100,000, depression is more likely to strike

Other research shows that when the salary of a person exceeds £ 65,000, the happiness levels begin to decrease. For those who contribute £ 100,000, the chances are greater that depression will strike.

Researchers think that high-income earners are going to pursue money as a goal, or are beginning to compare themselves to their more affluent neighbors. While most people are jealous of billionaires, millionaires and billionaires.

A mindfulness teacher I met at the happiness conference helps the rich and famous of the world to meditate. Interestingly enough, she told me that her clients are among the most miserable people she knows. But it's not just how much money you earn. What you do with it is also important.

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A wealth of research shows that giving at least a portion of your money to others, no matter how much you earn, not only improves their happiness but also yours.

What you have to spend your money on, a giant television may not be as wasteful as you think. Those who struggle with cash flow are in fact much happier when their disposable income is spent on products that offer long-term enjoyment, rather than a short vacation. So yes, that new bank is really worth it.

Feeling healthy keeps you laughing

Another important finding of the World Happiness Report was that it is not surprising that healthier people are happier.

As someone who writes extensively about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, this made perfect sense to me. In particular the risk of depressive symptoms are people who are overweight and people with type 2 diabetes.

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According to a 2018 study by researchers at the University of Exeter, overweight or obese women are 20 percent more likely to suffer from depression.

According to a 2018 study by researchers at the University of Exeter, overweight or obese women are 20 percent more likely to suffer from depression.

According to a 2018 study by researchers at the University of Exeter, overweight or obese women are 20 percent more likely to suffer from depression.

According to a 2018 study by researchers at the University of Exeter, overweight or obese women are 20 percent more likely to suffer from depression.

Another recent report, which involved tracking more than 58,000 people over a number of years, found that those who were obese at the start of the study were 57 percent more likely to become depressed at a later age.

Do you have a question for Dr Mosley?

Send an e-mail to drmosley@mailonsunday.co.uk or write it to The Mail on Sunday 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT.

Dr. Mosley can only answer in a general context and cannot provide personal answers.

Worse, obese individuals who developed type 2 diabetes saw their risk increase three-fold.

First, there is the problem of the stigma – people with larger bodies often experience discrimination. But also carrying excess fat around the abdominal area gives rise to physical reactions that result in the production of inflammatory chemicals. Chronic inflammation not only increases the risk of heart disease and cancer, but also causes anxiety and depression.

Weight loss and a good night's sleep can prevent this. Regular training will also lead to the release of happy hormones in the brain, stimulate state of mind and help to move excess kilos.

Come with a little help from your friends

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At the top of the list of elements that are crucial for a happy life is love and companionship. And not necessarily of the romantic kind.

As part of the World Happiness Report, researchers asked participants: & # 39; If you were in trouble, do you have family or friends you can count on to help you when you need them?

People with a close network of friends and relationships are generally happier than singles

People with a close network of friends and relationships are generally happier than singles

People with a close network of friends and relationships are generally happier than singles

The results showed that citizens of the happiest countries answered with a resounding yes. This trend was first observed in the 1930s during one of the longest human studies ever conducted – The Harvard Longitudinal Study. Researchers recruited 724 students, as well as young men from the Boston area, and followed them for decades, interviewing them every year.

Question DR MOSLEY: Your questions answered

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I like to go to the gym most work mornings. Do I have to have breakfast before or after breakfast?

I think it's better to have breakfast after a workout. That way you will burn fat in the gym, instead of the calories you just used up, or so the theory goes.

Some sports scientists believe that your blood sugar level has run out during your night fast, so your body switches to fat burning mode. By practicing immediately after waking up, the process is accelerated. But if you feel terrible, take a light snack before you exercise.

Some became very rich (the future American President John F. Kennedy was one participant), while others were ordinary working men.

The main finding of the study was that, above all other factors, the social relationships of men were the greatest predictor of happiness and health.

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Those who had many friends, siblings, partners, and other family members were much more happy – and healthy – until old age.

But if your social circle is shrinking, there is an exercise that you can practice that has been scientifically proven to improve your mood.

Write down three good things every day that have happened to you in the last 24 hours. Note the time, the place and why it made you feel good. After a few days you notice a slight increase in your mood. I note my & # 39; three good things & # 39; and it seems to work.

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