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The great happiness experiment: married, educated and older - happier

Last week, the Ministry of Science and Technology led the Great Happiness Experiment in Israel under the direction of Dr. Eyal Doron, researcher and developer of creative thinking and head of the psychology and spirit division at the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center. The results of the experiment show that, in general, Israelis are happy - the average score of the happiness index developed in the experiment is 7.3. "It's definitely a nice and passable score, but there's more to strive for," says Dr. Doron

A happy family. Photo: shutterstock
A happy family. Photo: shutterstock

Last week, the Ministry of Science and Technology led the Great Happiness Experiment in Israel under the direction of Dr. Eyal Doron. Today, on the occasion of the European Night of Scientists events that will take place throughout the country, the results are revealed that show who is happier in Israel and what happiness depends on. So if you thought that singles are happier than married people, that if there is no mind there are no worries and that 80-year-old people have already passed the peak, you will be surprised

The results of the experiment show that, in general, Israelis are happy - the average score of the happiness index developed in the experiment is 7.3. "It's definitely a good score and passes, but there's still a lot to strive for," says Dr. Eyal Doron, researcher and developer of creative thinking and head of the psychology and spirit division at the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center, who led the experiment.

 

The experiment found an interesting connection between our sense of personal control over our lives and our level of happiness - the more we feel that the events in our lives are the result of our choices and actions, the more likely we will be happy. "One of the means to improve our level of happiness is our ability to improve our sense of control over what is happening in our lives. There are of course events that are out of our control in every sense, but there are also events that we influence and are not always aware of it or give ourselves the credit," says Dr. Doron. "In this case, it can be assumed that an increase in awareness of this may eventually also lead to an improvement in our level of happiness."

 

According to Science Minister Ofir Akunis, "I always say that it is best to live in Israel. On the eve of the outgoing year and the entrance of the new year, the results of the experiment show that the majority of Israeli citizens think so. We have many reasons to be happy - for example the family unit in Israel is very strong and the experiment showed the effect on happiness. I invite everyone to the scientists' night to learn about the extensive research work and its relevance to everyday life."

 

The results of the experiment clearly show that married people are much happier than singles and separated and divorced people. "Many studies in the Western world strongly claim that married people are happier, and emphasize less the connection between the number of children and the level of happiness. So it turns out that even in Israel, married people are happier than unmarried people, the data shows that even in cities such as Tel Aviv, young people are bustling with life. Married people are happier."

 

Moreover, it turns out that children are indeed joy, and the number of children predicts the degree of happiness. "It is important to remember the difference between "happiness" and "pleasure" since our experiment puts the emphasis in its questions on happiness in a deeper, more significant sense, one that is related to the overall evaluation of our life and less to the level of our daily pleasure" says Dr. Doron. "Against this background, the results are not surprising and there is no doubt that children who may sometimes reduce our level of daily enjoyment certainly give us deep meaning in life."

 

Another result of the experiment shows a connection between education and happiness: it turns out that the higher our level of education, the happier we are expected to be.

 

The experiment also tested the known connection between helping others and an expected increase in our level of happiness. In Israel, those who help more are happier. "Studies prove that volunteering also extends life expectancy. One of the fascinating questions is does volunteering help us only when we really 'mean' it or will it benefit us to be happy and live for many years even if we volunteer only in the interest of improving our situation?" According to Dr. Doron, "there are researchers who insist that any volunteering, regardless of the reason behind it, will definitely help us."

 

And finally: are older people happier? Many studies have found that older people are happier than younger people. "If happiness is "accumulated meaning", one can understand why an older person has accumulated more meaning in his life than a young person" says Dr. Doron. In the present experiment, a positive relationship was found between older age and cumulative level of happiness.

 

Dr. Doron concludes: "The happiness experiment places Israelis in a similar relationship to Americans and Europeans. It's interesting that as Israelis we never stop grumbling all the way to happiness. From this point of view, it is possible that the steams are just proof of our level of connection, belonging and emotional connection, and with a strong belonging and distinct family we can begin to understand why we are placed in the 11th and most respected place in the world in the global happiness index."

 

The Night of Scientists events, one of the highlight events of the Ministry of Science and the European Union, will be held today, September 6, at research institutions and science museums free of charge. Among the activities: face-to-face meetings with scientists, activities for children, tours of laboratories, lectures, practical experiences, performances, scientific demonstrations and more.

Participating institutions: Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, University of Haifa, Open University in Ra'anana, Madatech Science Museum in Haifa, Al Qasami Academy, Oranim College, SCE Academic College of Engineering in Ashdod and Be'er Sheva, Science Museum in Jerusalem, Weizmann Institute - Davidson Institute in Rehovot , Miguel in Kiryat Shmona and the National Aquaculture Center in Eilat.

For all events of the night of the scientists

5 תגובות

  1. A. Regarding happiness and marriage: there may be confusion between cause and effect. Grumpy and unhappy people may be less likely to marry. That is, happiness leads to marriage and not marriage leads to happiness.
    B. There was room to examine the relationship between happiness and religious belief and between happiness and financial income. In my opinion, the two parameters that most influence the level of happiness.

  2. I participated. It seems to me that there are too many conclusions from too few answers. Maybe I'm too realistic...

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