Ultimate Pursuit of Happiness Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Some things are fun to chase, and happiness ought to be one of them. Do you know how to be and stay happy?

Who's the author of the famous quote "Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you"?

Nathaniel Hawthorne, who is best known as the author of "The House of the Seven Gables."

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According to a popular Chinese proverb, what can bring you happiness for a lifetime?

As the proverb goes "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody."

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What decade had the highest percentage of happy Americans?

According to research published on the PBS website, Americans reached their peak of happiness in 1957, even though they had fewer material objects and earned less money.

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Which of the following is true?

According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,older people are sad fewer days per month than younger people.

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According to Forbes' list of happiest countries in the world, where does the U.S. place?

The United States' 14th place ranking is under Panama and Brazil but above the U.K. and Belgium.

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What is 10 times more common today in the U.S. than it was two generations ago?

Clinical depression is up to 10 times more common today than it was a few decades ago.

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What percentage of your happiness is influenced by genes and upbringing?

Although you might not have control over 50% of your happiness, you do have control over the rest. Experts believe that how you handle that 50% is much more important than what you're carrying along from the past.

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Is happiness contagious?

According to a 2008 study in the British Medical Journal, surrounding yourself with happy, positive people can significantly improve your mood.

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What is one of the main determinants of happiness?

Focus on good, happy things and that's what you'll bring into your life. Dwell on sadness and anger and you're unlikely to appreciate the sunset anytime soon.

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Does laughing burn calories?

Laugh 200 times a day and you'll burn 500 calories. That's as much as running on a treadmill for more than an hour.

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Does happiness improve health?

Studies show that happy people have stronger immune systems and can deal with illnesses better.

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Can Botox treatments improve your happiness level?

Experts believe that smiling more and frowning less can improve your overall mood, even if you're just faking it at first. Botox impairs your ability to frown, which might put you a step closer to happiness even though your goal was to look younger.

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What factor is most important in determining happiness?

In fact, having a steady relationship with someone will significantly improve your happiness, even if you're not legally married. Single people are less happy than those who are in a commited relationship.

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What's the name of the branch of psychology that studies happiness and its impact on people?

Positive psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology that studies happiness, its relationship to mental health and how people are affected by it.

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Will living in a country high in the happiness scale will make you happier?

It's where you live, not where you were born, that determines your level of happiness.

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What activity can improve your level of happiness by up to 20% if you do it regularly?

Exercise three times a week and your level of happiness and overall contentment with your life will go up 20 percent.

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What kind of pets brings the most happiness?

Any pet can improve your happiness level, but dogs top the list. This is likely due to their more intense interaction and connection to humans than that of other animals.

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What continent has the largest number of unhappiest countries?

Except for Haiti and Cambodia, the bottom 15 spots in the happiest countries list go to African nations. Lack of basic needs, such as food, medical care and education account for much of the unhappiness in these countries.

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If you want to be happier...

Happiness is a combination of factors. Make small changes to make your life better and happiness will follow.

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What does cynicism do to your happiness?

Being suspicious and cynical about everything will increase your anxiety level and can make you both hostile and unhappy. The key to happiness, according to experts, lies in seeing opportunities, not obstacles, on the road ahead.

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