Married Kiwis happiest and healthiest

The Press 20 May 2008

Married people are the happiest and healthiest Kiwis, while the unhappiest are divorced, widowed or separated men, a survey of sport and leisure shows. The survey was done by Massey University researchers as part of the International Social Survey Programme. Marketing professor Phil Gendall led the survey, which asked 2250 people older than 18 about sport and leisure activities, and asked them to gauge their health and happiness.

It found people to be generally happy. Most wanted more leisure time, however, and 70 per cent said lack of cash stopped them pursuing preferred activities. The most popular leisure activities were watching television, listening to music, playing sport, getting together with friends, shopping, spending time on the Internet and reading books.