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Article from BTNews 5 DECEMBER 2016

AND FINALLY: The secret of happiness

The statistics-mongers have been at it again, this time on the subject of travel, but their findings are more than usually interesting. Almost half (49%) of people say a holiday brings them more happiness than their wedding day, while more than half (51%) prefer travelling over going on a date with their partner.

The researchers say travel gives us such an emotional boost that we consider planning and going away on holiday more vital for our happiness than other big life occasions – such as our own wedding day (49%), going on a date with a partner (51%), landing a new job (50%), getting engaged (45%), and even having a baby (29%).

Furthermore, 77% say they book a holiday just when they’re in need of a happiness boost.

Now you know what to do next time you feel a bit down.

This research was commissioned by booking.com

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Malcolm Ginsberg, London

Corrected. bookings.com

David Bentley, Manchester United Kingdom

This sounds like a loaded survey to me. Who's is it? ABTA's. Most people I know hate travelling these days.

Henk Heiden, Netherlands

There is an interesting expression going around in the 'statistical world'saying: "Thereare lies, gross lies and statistics...".