Ultimate Pursuit of Happiness Quiz

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Who's the author of the famous quote "Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you"?
William Shakespeare
Mark Twain
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne, who is best known as the author of "The House of the Seven Gables."

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According to a popular Chinese proverb, what can bring you happiness for a lifetime?
fishing
taking a nap
helping others
As the proverb goes "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody."
inheriting a fortune

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What decade had the highest percentage of happy Americans?
1950s
According to research published on the PBS website, Americans reached their peak of happiness in 1957, even though they had fewer material objects and earned less money.
1960s
1980s
1990s

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Which of the following is true?
Older people are happier than younger people.
According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,older people are sad fewer days per month than younger people.
Younger people are happier than older people.
People in Bhutan are unhappy.
People in Togo are happy.

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According to Forbes' list of happiest countries in the world, where does the U.S. place?
4th place
14th place
The United States' 14th place ranking is under Panama and Brazil but above the U.K. and Belgium.
9th place

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What is 10 times more common today in the U.S. than it was two generations ago?
happiness
obesity
number of millionaires
depression
Clinical depression is up to 10 times more common today than it was a few decades ago.

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What percentage of your happiness is influenced by genes and upbringing?
100%
10%
50%
Although you might not have control over 50% of your happiness, you do have control over the rest. Experts believe that how you handle that 50% is much more important than what you're carrying along from the past.
0%

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Is happiness contagious?
yes
According to a 2008 study in the British Medical Journal, surrounding yourself with happy, positive people can significantly improve your mood.
no
only if you don't wear a mask outside

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What is one of the main determinants of happiness?
focus
Focus on good, happy things and that's what you'll bring into your life. Dwell on sadness and anger and you're unlikely to appreciate the sunset anytime soon.
money
love
having goals

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Does laughing burn calories?
yes, but only if something's funny enough to make you roll on the floor
no, not at all
yes, any laughter
Laugh 200 times a day and you'll burn 500 calories. That's as much as running on a treadmill for more than an hour.

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Does happiness improve health?
you bet
Studies show that happy people have stronger immune systems and can deal with illnesses better.
only if it means free gym membership and smoothies with protein powder for a year
no, and it makes me unhappy that you asked that question

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Can Botox treatments improve your happiness level?
no
perhaps, but will anyone be able to tell you're smiling?
yes
Experts believe that smiling more and frowning less can improve your overall mood, even if you're just faking it at first. Botox impairs your ability to frown, which might put you a step closer to happiness even though your goal was to look younger.

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What factor is most important in determining happiness?
marriage
In fact, having a steady relationship with someone will significantly improve your happiness, even if you're not legally married. Single people are less happy than those who are in a commited relationship.
money
religion
vacation time

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What's the name of the branch of psychology that studies happiness and its impact on people?
applied psychology
positive psychology
Positive psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology that studies happiness, its relationship to mental health and how people are affected by it.
humanistic psychology
punchline therapy

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Will living in a country high in the happiness scale will make you happier?
yes
It's where you live, not where you were born, that determines your level of happiness.
no

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What activity can improve your level of happiness by up to 20% if you do it regularly?
eating chocolate
exercising
Exercise three times a week and your level of happiness and overall contentment with your life will go up 20 percent.
taking a vacation
going shopping

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What kind of pets brings the most happiness?
cats
dogs
Any pet can improve your happiness level, but dogs top the list. This is likely due to their more intense interaction and connection to humans than that of other animals.
birds
fish

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What continent has the largest number of unhappiest countries?
North America
South America
Asia
Africa
Except for Haiti and Cambodia, the bottom 15 spots in the happiest countries list go to African nations. Lack of basic needs, such as food, medical care and education account for much of the unhappiness in these countries.

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If you want to be happier...
make more friends
learn to say no
exercise more
try all of the above
Happiness is a combination of factors. Make small changes to make your life better and happiness will follow.

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What does cynicism do to your happiness?
boosts it by lowering expectations
quashes it by raising anxiety
Being suspicious and cynical about everything will increase your anxiety level and can make you both hostile and unhappy. The key to happiness, according to experts, lies in seeing opportunities, not obstacles, on the road ahead.
I really don't care.

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