Until pretty recently, happiness wasn't given too much thought in a scientific kind of way. It isn't an easy thing to pin down, especially when you're trying to make judgments on entire groups and populations. But the science of happiness has been booming lately, and we've found out a lot about who's happy, what makes us happy and how to become happy. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the art of being happy.
Question 1 of 20
What do psychologists consider the single most reliable indicator of happiness?
Question 2 of 20
According to the 2003 Pew Global Attitudes Project (a survey of 38,000 men and women in 44 countries), who's happier -- men or women?
Question 3 of 20
Who becomes happier as they age: men or women?
Question 4 of 20
What's the branch of psychology that studies what makes people happy?
Question 5 of 20
The World Map of Happiness and the World Values Survey measures happiness by asking questions about social connections, career satisfaction and political and economic stability. According to this survey, what's the happiest country in the world?
Question 6 of 20
The Happy Planet Index analyzes a country's carbon footprint in relation to its population's happiness and life expectancy. According to the HPI, what's the happiest country in the world?
Question 7 of 20
Exercise can make you happy by lowering levels of this hormone, which is associated with stress.
Question 8 of 20
Exercise can also increase happiness by causing your body to release these mood-boosting chemicals.
Question 9 of 20
In a nutshell, what does the Easterlin Paradox say about rich people?
Question 10 of 20
After this certain point, what did Easterlin find made people happier than individual income?
Question 11 of 20
According to one study, happy people are surprisingly prone to what kind of behavior?
Question 12 of 20
Which founding document promises "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" to the American people?
Question 13 of 20
According to a brief roundup by the New York Times of happiness studies, marriage makes people happy but _____ doesn't.
Question 14 of 20
What two groups in the United States have reported lower levels of happiness in recent decades?
Question 15 of 20
Happy music stimulates our brain to release this chemical, the same one released by chocolate and sex.
Question 16 of 20
According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which was the happiest state in 2009?
Question 17 of 20
What was the only state on the East Coast listed in the top 10 of the Well-Being Index in 2009?
Question 18 of 20
Hospitalized children are often made happiest by this kind of therapy.
Question 19 of 20
True or false: Studies have shown that pets make people happier.
Question 20 of 20