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Are taller people happier?

There's an interesting study about height and happiness. Based on a phone research of more than 450,000 people, it has demonstrated that people who ar...

 

tall-peopleThere’s an interesting study about height and happiness. Based on a phone research of more than 450,000 people, it has demonstrated that people who are of above average height generally report greater happiness in their lives and better emotions than people below average height.

At first I thought it was a joke but when I read the credentials I found out that this research was carried out by Angus Deaton and Raksha Arora of Princeton University in the US and was supported by the National Institute on Aging. You’ll see it published in the journal of Economics and Human Biology.

The general findings: Men and women above average height rated their lives as better and were more likely to report experiencing positive emotions such as happiness and enjoyment in the previous day. Taller men were also less likely to report negative experiences such as sadness, physical pain and worry. However, taller people reported stress and anger more frequently.

A big caution – its findings should be taken in context because there are many limitations to this study. Feelings and emotions of the participants were solely based on one telephone interview. It means it may be connected to different personal, social, professional or health related reasons. It is not possible to take all of these things into account and adjust for them when assessing the relationship with the single factor of height.

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