Dancing is better than a pay rise, says study
VISITING the library, dancing and swimming can make people as happy as a pay rise worth thousands of euro, a new study states.
Researchers from the London School of Economics found that sports, culture and the arts have a significant impact on people's happiness. They assessed how much money it would take to give people a similar boost in their level of well being.
They concluded that playing sport weekly is equivalent to being given an extra £1,127 (€1,370) a year on average, while regular involvement in the arts is worth £1,084 a year.
The most beneficial activity, apparently, is dancing, worth £1,671 a year, closely followed by swimming which is worth £1,630 a year. Visiting libraries regularly is worth £1,359 a year.
The report, published by Britain's Department for Culture, Media and Sport, forms part of a drive by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to measure the impact of policies on people's happiness.
He has argued that gross domestic product, the standard measure of economic activity used around the world, is no longer sufficient to assess the health of a nation.
The researchers analysed a survey of 40,000 British households, stripping out the impact of other factors on people's happiness such as age, wealth, health, children and education. (© Daily Telegraph, London)