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Never mind the Budget, we're world's happiest

IT may beggar belief but once again the Irish have claimed to be among the happiest people on Earth.

We scored an exuberant 6.8 in a survey which asked people to assess their own level of satisfactions, putting us well ahead of glummer nations, such the Germany or the US.

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin's School of Psychology tested the mood of 3,309 participants via SMS in collaboration with Vodafone for the National Happiness Experiment.

The findings of the research have been compiled in a book 'Happy Nation?' which is now on sale, with half of the proceeds from sales of the book going towards St Vincent de Paul.

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