Behavioural Sciences

Could living in a small town could be the key to happiness?

The 'doubly thankful' village of Arkholme is seen in northern England January 16, 2014. There are 13 villages in England and Wales where everyone who left to fight in World War One and World War Two returned home safely. These fortuitous communities are known as 'doubly thankful' villages. In many 'doubly thankful' villages their unusual status is modestly marked with a small memorial such as a plaque or lantern. The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.  Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble   (BRITAIN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY CONFLICT)ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 38 FOR PACKAGE 'WWI - BRITAIN'S THANKFUL VILLAGES'TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'DOUBLY THANKFUL'

People are 'significantly less happy' in urban areas, research finds. Image: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Christopher Ingraham
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