Monday, June 04, 2007

Sgt. Peppers

One of the best known symbols of the Swinging Sixties and the Summer of Love, the yellow smiley, already celebrates its 40th birthday! This smiley know covers the new book of Mark Elchardus and Wendy Smits, "Het grootste geluk". The book tries to figure out how happy Belgians are and what influences our state of happiness. One important finding is that the more we experience time pressure, the less happy we are. Also, people living together or married, are more happy than others. Social integration and social contacts continu to make us happy, today just like 40 years ago!

Read all about it in this week's column.

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