Researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, studied five thousand young people between ten and fifteen years of age. They examined their happiness level and the amount of junk food, alcohol and cigarettes they used and the amount of exercise that they did.
What They Found
They found that young people are eating junk food and are starting to use alcohol and cigarettes at an early age.
The results show that young people who never drank any alcohol were between up to six times more likely to be happy than those who reported drinking it.
The number of young people who didn’t smoke and were happy were about five times higher than those did smoke. Higher consumption of fruit and vegetables and lower consumption of crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks were both tied with high happiness. The more hours of sport and physical activity they participated in per week the happier they were.
What This Means
If you cut down on alcohol, cigarettes, crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks, if you eat more friuit and vegetables and exercise more you’ll feel happier, healthier and probably live longer. Most of The Happy People already know this from the 170 plus articles on my blog at https://happinessguru.wordpress.com