The nationwide survey (the first of its kind in Ireland) was conducted by the Science Gallery and researchers from Trinity's School of Psychology and involved the team using text messaging to contact the 3,309 participants and gauge their mood over a six week period.
The results show that:
- The average happiness over the six week period was 6.8 (on a 0-10 scale).
- Being treated fairly was a key factor in how happy we feel.
- There was a strong link between health and happiness. Those who considered themselves to be quite healthy scored significantly higher in terms of happiness and life satisfaction.
- People who felt positive about phone and text use were on average happier and more satisfied.
- The changing weather during the six-week experiment did not affect happiness levels.
- The county we live in does not effect our happiness levels.