Proven things to do to make yourself happier
Scientific studies have shown that you can boost your happiness, with strategies such as staying physically active, expressing gratitude, and valuing your relationships.
The desire for happiness is universal, and over the past decade psychologists, social researchers and even economists have sought to measure and understand this often-elusive emotion.
The World Happiness Report, using data from 150 countries and the Gallup World Poll, shows Australians are a remarkably happy bunch, ranking in the top 12 countries in the world, based in part on freedom to make life choices, healthy life expectancy and social support.
If you want to know the happiest place on earth, it’s Finland, which scientists and academics attribute to the country’s strong welfare system and social cohesiveness.
On an individual level, a longitudinal Harvard study in America has found that close relationships - more than money, fame or social class - are what keep people happy throughout their lives.
Research also shows that another way to stay happy is to connect with other like-minded people through a club or organisation, such as a community group, sports club or lifestyle club.