In is new book, "Coming Apart," Charles Murray discusses how the downward trajectory in the cultural modes of the lower cultural class result in less 'social capital," and, ultimately, less happiness. Murray states that there are four areas, what he calls 'domains,' are the the determiners of ones' happiness. As per Aristotle, happiness consists of lasting and justified satisfaction with life as a whole. These are the four domains through which humans achieve deep satisfaction, happiness: family, vocation, community and faith. a. Family happiness is the same as a happy marriage; 58% of those in a happy marriage said their lives were very happy. This compares with 8% who said their marriages were not too happy. b. Vocation is more than job. It can be what one does, or ones cause Homemakers were the highest proportion of people with high work satisfaction, and were very happy. c. Faith. None of the data is as definitive as this. The more attached to faith, as defined by belief and how many services one attend, the more self-described as very happy with life. More than once a week attendance, 49% very happy; down to never attends, 23% very happy. The graph he produces shows a direct relationship. d. Community. The survey measures everything from levels of giving blood, to hanging out with friends, to participating in various groups and associations, to levels of trust, to participation in group arts and group sports, to the diversity of our friendship patterns. High levels of community involvement were consistently associated with very happy. Far too personal to ask if anyone here is happy or unhappy with life, but wondering if the four domains he mentions would be your view, as well.