All of us are just pursuing happiness. But, surprisingly, the thing that can make everything click is not buying Muji bedsheets at last or the ability to purchase an apartment instead of renting. Really, it isn’t related to money at all.
The recent happiness index, made by Oxford Economics and the National Centre for Social Research, and commissioned by Sainsbury’s, has discovered that sex and sleep are the two main things that lead to a person’s happiness and wellbeing – much more than money.
The scientists found that increasing your income (even if you raise it four times) has a quite small influence on your happiness, but sleeping enough and having good sex can make you feel much more joyful.
The research included polling 8,250 Britons, discovering that the average man or woman has a 62.2 Living Well score. Those who have more sleep ranked higher by 15 points than those who have sleep issues, and people who profoundly dislike their sex lives got seven points less than those who are completely satisfied with it.
To be exact – completely satisfied doesn’t mean they’re having lots and lots of sex. It only means they really like the quality and quantity of the sex in their lives. But raising your household income from £12,500 to £50,000 brings you only two points.
Those who found to be higher than average on this scale (between 72 and 92) were more likely to enjoy sex and good sleep than average people.
So, you may as well just relax more and have better sex rather than work on weekends in hopes of a salary rise. Other things rated more important than money included living in a reliable community, work security, and the well-being of the people dear to you.