In 2007, 16 Million Australians were surveyed on their current state of mind.
8.2 Million of them declared they were happy, and 2.8M of those were in a state of delight.
That’s a pretty impressive amount of people to be on cloud nine.
Only 448,000 people saw themselves as unhappy or miserable.
The most interesting part of this survey though was the cross-section of happy and unhappy people.
The most unhappy age bracket? 40-49 years old
The happiest states? Brisbane and Perth with 55.7% of people delighted or pleased with their life.
The unhappiest states? Melbourne with 3.1% of people miserable
Smokers? 44.3% were happy
Non-smokers? 53.2% were happy
If you were divorced, separated or widowed? 37.6% are happy
Single or Married? Both around 53% happy.
And if you exercise a lot? 64.5% of people were happy, compared to 48.4% of low exercisers.
So, I guess I need to move to Brisbane, get married (or single) and exercise a lot!