THE happiest people in Australia are not well off, and most of them live outside our major cities.
Researchers have found that money really doesn’t buy happiness. Quite the opposite.
According to a Deakin University study in recent years, the most miserable people in the country live in Sydney’s most affluent suburbs.
Those in some of the poorest areas in the country are much more satisfied with their lives.
The study found that the happiest areas had lower population, more people aged over 55, more women, more married couples and less income inequality.
That last point’s interesting. Another study shows that, given a choice between earning $50,000 a year while other people make $25,000, or earning $100,000 a year while other people get $250,000, most people choose the first option.
Humourist H.L.Mencken would know why. “A wealthy man is one who earns $100 a year more than his wife’s sister’s husband,’’ he once said.