According to a University of Maryland study, out today, the more you read or spend your leisure time socializing the happier you're likely to be.
Conversely the more leisure time you spend watching TV the less happy you're likely to be, the study says.
Interestingly enough, the study also says that unhappy people are perfectly content or "happy" with the role television plays in their lives.
The study's authors surveyed 30,000 people and examined data collected over a 30-year period.
I don't know how right or wrong they are, but I'll say the study makes sense. If you're spending the bulk of your non-working time sitting in front of a TV - especially if you're sitting there alone, that's kind of sad. So I can see the whole "unhappy" equation.
And while I'm no scientist it also makes sense to me that reading, because it probably requires more brain power, can make you more satisfied, or happier.
And the socializing thing? That's pretty self explanatory. Humans are meant to be social creatures. Fulfilling that instinct has to help your happiness level.
Which category do you fall in? I like to think I'm happy. I mean I do read a lot. Mrs B. and I probably don't go out with friends as often as we should. But we socialize. I admit though I watch way too much TV - at least too much by my standards.
Eh, two out of three isn't bad.