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Putnam: ‘Strongest predictors of happiness are social relationships’

Putnam: ‘Strongest predictors of happiness are social relationships’

A marriage can cause an increase in happiness equal to a quadrupling salary. Making a good friend is equal to tripling a salary. Belonging to a club can cause an increase in happiness equivalent to doubling a salary. And going on picnics three times a year is the same as receiving a 10 percent raise.
“By now, the strongest predictors of happiness by far are our social relationships,” said Robert Putnam, professor of public policy at Harvard University. “Money alone can buy you happiness, but not much.”

Happiness gap tied to class gap, Putnam argues

Happiness gap tied to class gap, Putnam argues

Robert Putnam may be one of the most renowned social scientists in the United States, but at one time he was a guinea pig in someone else’s social experiment. Mark Zuckerberg used one of Putnam’s classes at Harvard University to beta-test Facebook.

“A kid in my class was a roommate of his,” Putnam said. “If Facebook people had numbers, I’d be ‘006’ or something like that.”