The funds, friends, and faith of happy people

Am Psychol. 2000 Jan;55(1):56-67. doi: 10.1037//0003-066x.55.1.56.


New studies are revealing predictors of subjective well-being, often assessed as self-reported happiness and life satisfaction. Worldwide, most people report being at least moderately happy, regardless of age and gender. As part of their scientific pursuit of happiness, researchers have examined possible associations between happiness and (a) economic growth and personal income, (b) close relationships, and (c) religious faith.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Happiness*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Marriage / psychology
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Religion and Psychology*
  • Socioeconomic Factors*