What’s more important, a long life or a happy life?
Both, you say? Your optimism is touching, but the data says it’s not necessarily the case. A new, comprehensive study of nations around the globe from insurance marketplace Compare the Market found that happiness doesn’t even rank in the top 10 factors associated with a long life. And stuff like employment and clean air don’t matter much either.
Compare the Market pulled data from a variety of global sources like Credit Suisse, the World Health Organization, and Geoba.se, looking at everything from adult literacy rates to environmental cleanliness to education. It found which factors had the biggest impact on long life, and which didn’t matter much. Here are the factors that contribute most to life expectancy, as well as some other notable tidbits from the data.