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
Writer, Wonk Blog
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how Behavioural Sciences is affecting economies, industries and global issues
A hand holding a looking glass by a lake
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale
Stay up to date:

Behavioural Sciences

People who live outside of cities are happier. Image: Washington Post
What makes Canadians happy. Image: Washington Post
Have you read?
Don't miss any update on this topic

Create a free account and access your personalized content collection with our latest publications and analyses.

Sign up for free

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:
Behavioural SciencesCities and UrbanizationEconomic Progress
World Economic Forum logo
Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe today

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

Rational polarization: MIT researchers on why reasonable people disagree

Peter Dizikes

November 27, 2023

About Us



Partners & Members

  • Join Us

Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2023 World Economic Forum