Here’s Some Science We Can All Cheers To: Living Near A Bar Makes You A Happier Person
Winter got you down? Think you could use a little more cheer in your life? As it turns out the difference between being down in the dumps and happier than shit might be tied to your geographical proximity to one of the greatest places on earth.
A new study from Oxford University says that the key to happiness is as simple as living close to a bar, but not just any bar, the Oxford study says it should be a ‘small, local’. The study claims that living in close proximity to a local watering hole does wonders for you life, and it actually leads to less problematic drinking and MORE friends…in fact almost all aspects of life improve simply by living in close proximity to the local
People who enjoy a pint in a local, according to the research, are “significantly” happier, have more friends, better life satisfaction, and less likely to drink to excess.
The report, for the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), highlighted the importance of face-to-face interaction, and noted that people were more likely to be engaged in conversations in small community pubs rather than larger establishments.
It also revealed that social skills improve after a drink, while people were more likely to be engaged in conversations in small community pubs rather than larger establishments.
The study was conducted in pubs in Oxfordshire, and it also found pubs were very important in providing a place where people could meet and make friends.
Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford University, said: “Friendship and community are probably the two most important factors influencing our health and wellbeing.
So, if you’re life’s in a rut there’s only one logical next step: move close to a bar. In fact, you should find an apartment on top of a bar, or you should get a house that’s within walking distance of a bar. If that’s not possible then you should just open a bar, and you should invite me for the grand opening because I love booze and I know you’ll hook me up with some free drinks for traveling across the nation to the grand opening of your bar.
(h/t Telegraph UK)