HAPPY TIMES: Andrea, Janae (centre) and Natalie Carige.
HAPPY TIMES: Andrea, Janae (centre) and Natalie Carige. Contributed

Janae’s at her happiest when she is helping others

ROCKHAMPTON'S Janae Carige is at her happiest when she hears a child's chuckle or sees a toothless grin.

For the local early childhood student, helping children learn from an early age is what brings her the most happiness, with spending time with her friends and travelling to Third World countries close behind.

The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index Survey, which was conducted by Deakin University over the past 15 years, has recently revealed the secret to happiness comes down to having three things in life.

According to the survey, the "Golden Triangle of Happiness" consists of good personal relationships, financial security and a sense of purpose in life.

Janae, 20, said although money made things in life easier, she was a firm believer it couldn't buy happiness.

"Money for me is not the most important thing but I can see how having money can help you achieve other things that make you happy," she said.

"For me, though, children make me the happiest because it's just such a nice thing to see them laugh and smile and watch them learn new things.

"Friends is also a big one for me because having good relationships gives you a sense of purpose and having people to talk to keeps you sane.

"One other thing that makes me happy is helping people who are needy.

"I'm going to the Solomon Islands at the end of the year to teach children in an orphanage which is something that I'm sure will bring me a lot of happiness and one day I hope to go to Africa to help over there.

"I don't think money is the key to happiness; there's a lot of people in the world who don't have a lot of money and they are still happy."

THE FINDINGS

Fathers tend to be happier than men without children,

while women's wellbeing is much the same whether

they are a mother or not

The 18-25 age group sits higher than the age

categories above until the 56-65 bracket, when

wellbeing begins its climb



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