Happiness and the rural community solution

Happiness and the  rural community solution

By Drew Spoelstra

To The Haldimand Press

If you’re happy and you know it, chances are you’re living in a rural community. That’s a fact according to researchers at McGill University in Montreal and the Vancouver School of Economics, who evaluated the happiness levels of residents across Canada.

After sifting through 400,000 survey responses and looking at the results from 1,215 communities across the country, researchers analyzed the overall life satisfaction of respondents. The results, released in May 2018, suggest happiness is easier to attain in rural areas.

Rural residents are happier in their communities than their urban neighbours because of lower housing costs, shorter work commutes, and a stronger sense of community.

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