What Do Happy People Do?

  title={What Do Happy People Do?},
  author={John P. Robinson and Steven P. Martin},
  journal={Social Indicators Research},
Little attention in the quality-of-life literature has been paid to data on the daily activity patterns of happy and less happy people. Using ratings-scale information from time-diary studies, this article examines the hypothesis that people who describe themselves as happier engage in certain activities more than those who describe themselves as less happy. Based on 34 years of data collected by the General Social Survey (GSS) on social activities and media usage, it is found that people who… 

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