Relationships and strong community connections are the key to happiness for Australians, according to findings from the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) Compass for Life survey, released today for Psychology Week (6-12 November).
In contrast, people who were constantly connected to social media, a platform designed to bring people closer together, reported greater loneliness and significantly higher levels of negative emotions.
The survey of 1,000 Australian adults and 518 adolescents (13-17) is part of the APS Compass for Life, campaign, which aims to arm people with strategies –Ways to Thrive – to enhance their own life satisfaction, happiness and psychological wellbeing.
All Australians can visit Compassforlife.org.au to measure and improve their wellbeing levels.
Overall, the survey found that Australians report a positive sense of wellbeing, with strong relationships being a feature of their lives and a key to their happiness.
APS Executive Director Professor Lyn Littlefield said, “We have many demands for our time and attention but the APS survey shows that people who invest in relationships at home, at work and in the community reap the wellbeing benefits.”
Key relationship findings:
Close connections were also important to young people (aged 13-17):
Professor Littlefield said, “Strong relationships are related to wellbeing as they provide love and security. Psychologically, these core connections are important as we are social beings and people connections rank high on our list of needs.”
Along with relationships, the survey revealed a pattern of behaviors, activities and attitudes associated with wellbeing. Strong work and community connections, the ability to live in the moment and having a love of learning, having hobbies, reading, being open to new experiences as well as getting enough sleep, being active, and eating healthily appear to be the keys to happiness for Australians.
|Compassforlife.org.au - Measuring happiness and wellbeing The Australian Psychological Society is inviting Australians to visit Compassforlife.org.au to measure their wellbeing. The Compass uses a psychological tool – the PERMA-profiler -that measures the five key pillars which underpin psychological wellbeing: Positive emotion; Engagement; Relationships; Meaning and Accomplishment; along with negative emotions; physical health and loneliness. The aim is to prompt Australians to think about their wellbeing and discover ways to thrive. Compassforlife.org.au|
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Notes for editors: More findings and the full survey report can be found at www.compassforlife.org.au.
The Compass for Life survey was commissioned by the Australian Psychological Society and developed in collaboration with the Centre of Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne, and Roy Morgan Research.
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About the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the leading organisation for psychologists in Australia representing over 22,000 members.
Psychology Week is an annual initiative of the Australian Psychological Society that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help Australians lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives.
In 2016 the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has introduced the Compass for Life, a campaign that will help Australians measure and improve their happiness and wellbeing by promoting Ways to Thrive.