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10 February 2011

Happiness good for nationalism

The more satisfied people are with their country, the better they feel about their lives.

The country where you live can have a big impact on your life. A new study of people from 128 countries finds that the more satisfied people are with their country, the better they feel about their lives - especially people who have low incomes or live in relatively poor countries.

"We predicted that people who were experiencing rough times - those with little money or living in a very poor country - would look to other areas where they might be able to console themselves," says lead author Mike Morrison, a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois (US) who wrote the study with Louis Tay and Ed Diener.

 
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