happiness - layard's big seven

Family relationships and our close private life are 'more important than any other single factor affecting our happiness.

Financial situation - a poor second to close and family relationships.

Work - we want to make a contribution.

Community and friends - the quality of the communities of which we are a part is effects how we feel.

Health - poor health takes a physical and emotional toll.

Personal freedom - living in stable, peaceful and democratic societies makes for happiness.

Personal values - happiness depends upon our 'inner selves' and philosophies of life.