You won't find happiness in a bottle of pills.
You won't find it at the office, either... and don't even bother looking in your wallet.
A slew of studies have emerged lately on what makes us happy, and they all point in the same direction: You'll find it in your friends and loves ones, and the accumulation of experiences-- not the accumulation of stuff.
Cambridge University researchers surveyed more than 10,000 British adults, and found that while men and women tend to prioritize things a little differently, we're not so different when it comes to our pursuit of happiness.
Researchers say the majority of men and women alike ranked health as the most important key to happiness. But while most women ranked family ahead of finance, men tended to view the two equally.
But digging a little deeper, it's not because they value money as much as their families, but because they need that money to support those loved ones, according to the researchers.
The researchers say they hope workers will eventually be given more time at home and less at the office, but good luck getting employers to go along with that!
Another new study finds that, for seniors, a happy retirement has little to do with wealth, and everything to do with the health of their social lives.
Researchers asked 279 British retirees about their enjoyment of life after work... and found that those who weren't happy were most likely to agree with the statement "I miss the socializing of working life."
The happy ones, on the other hand, strongly agreed with the statement, "I have active social groups I enjoy spending time with."
Those social groups won't just help keep you happy--they can also help lower your risk for conditions such as dementia.
And finally, one more study finds yet again that money won't buy happiness.
The study, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology, found that people who find happiness in life experiences are happier than those who value material objects.
Interestingly, the researchers also found that people who value stuff aren't as well-liked by others.
In other words, if you want to build those social networks you'll need to be a happily retired senior, you'll need to spend your youth racking up good experiences--not expensive objects.