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The answer to real happiness?

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An American study into the source of happiness that has followed the lives of 268 men from youth to old age has shown that happiness is not down to the attributes that you are born with.

George Vaillent, the current director of the study from Harvard Medical School, told the Today programme's Evan Davis: "happiness is the wrong word… happiness is too close to hedonism and getting lucky"

He explained that happiness is more about "emotional intelligence" and "skill at long-term relationships".

"If want to be happy and you don't have a six-month-old to trade similes with, get yourself a puppy."


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