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The 411 on Happiness

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Question 1 of 10 Correct

Your genes determine if you’ll be happy.

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The correct answer is: False. Happiness is about 50 percent genetic, 40 percent how you handle life's ups and downs, and 10 percent good or bad fortune in life.

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Question 2 of 10 Correct

What does science say about money and happiness?

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The correct answer is: Research shows that earning between $75,000-90,000 may make you happier than if you earn less, but money-related happiness starts to level off after that.

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Question 3 of 10 Correct

You can “catch” happiness.

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The correct answer is: True. Research shows that a person's good mood positively affects those around him or her. If you have a happy friend nearby, you have a 25 percent chance of becoming happy too, according to one study.

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Question 4 of 10 Correct

The younger you are, the happier you are.

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The correct answer is: False. A large study found that, starting with people in their early 30s, happiness increases as we age. Other research suggests that happiness is U-shaped, with the "dip" in your 20s and 30s, hitting the bottom in middle age, and then going up after that. The happiest group tends to be ages 60 and up.

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Faking a smile can make you happier

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The correct answer is: True. Some scientists believe our facial expressions can impact our emotions. Smiling causes physiologic changes to the brain that can boost our happiness.

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Question 6 of 10 Correct

Which of the following can sabotage your happiness?

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The correct answer is: Research has found that the more you check social media, the unhappier and less satisfied you feel. Lying less been showing to improve relationships and happiness, while being mindful of the task at hand -- instead of having a wandering mind -- can boost mood too.

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Question 7 of 10 Correct

Happiness is a physical state of the brain.

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The correct answer is: True. When we're happy our brains produce chemicals that activate a reward system. This is in turn makes us want to sing, eat or break into a happy dance.

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Question 8 of 10 Correct

Which of these factors has been shown to increase happiness levels?

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The correct answer is: Research has found that getting consistently good sleep improves mood, as does getting "green exercise," such as walking or gardening. Volunteering bumps up happiness too, and it may also help you live longer: One study found a 20% reduction in likelihood of death between volunteers and non-volunteers.

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Question 9 of 10 Correct

Positive feelings last longer than negative feelings.

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The correct answer is: False. People tend to adapt more quickly to positive changes, so happiness doesn't last as long. Negative emotions seem to endure longer and leave a stronger impact on life satisfaction.

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Which is the best type of happiness for your physical health?

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The correct answer is: A 2013 study looked at the effects of different types of happiness and found that participants who had a deep sense of purpose and meaning in life had lower inflammation levels and stronger production of antiviral and antibody genes than people high on hedonic happiness.

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