An excerpt from a 2002 research report authored by Ed Diener and Martin Seligman – two of the fathers of modern happiness research – titled “Very Happy People“:

The very happy people [from a sample of 222 undergraduates] were highly social, and had stronger romantic and other social relationships than less happy groups…. Compared with the less happy groups, the happiest respondents did not exercise significantly more, participate in religious activities significantly more, or experience more objectively defined good events. No variable was sufficient for happiness, but good social relations were necessary.

(Emphasis added.)

Sonnie Bailey

In his spare time, Sonnie likes telling people that he’s a former Olympic power walker, a lion tamer, or that he is an orthodontist. He is none of those things. In reality, Sonnie is a financial planner based in Christchurch. Through his business, Fairhaven Wealth (, he provides independent, advice-only, fixed-fee financial planning services. Sonnie is a “recovering lawyer”: he has specialised in trusts and personal client work. He has also worked as a financial services lawyer for many years.