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20 June 2011

Freedom leads to happiness

Personal independence and freedom are more important to people's well-being than wealth, a new study concludes.

Personal independence and freedom are more important to people's well-being than wealth, a new study concludes.

The studies looked at data from three different psychological tests familiar to therapists:

  • The General Health Questionnaire, which measures distress in terms of anxiety and insomnia, social problems, severe depression and physical symptoms of mental distress, such as unexplained headaches and stomach aches.
  • The Spielberger anxiety inventory, which evaluates how anxious respondents feel at a particular moment.
  • The Maslach Burnout Inventory, which screens for emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and lack of personal accomplishment.

 
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