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Covid has not affected people’s happiness around world, study reveals

By Robert Booth

20 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Despite the pandemic's devastating effects, a new study found that people's happiness remained steady, and levels of benevolence increased in all global regions. The Guardian has the news.

It claimed 6.7 million lives, locked down entire countries and triggered a global economic slump, but Covid-19 has not affected humankind’s happiness, an international study has found.

Interviews with more than 100,000 people across 137 countries found significantly higher levels of benevolence in all global regions than before the pandemic. And when asked to evaluate their lives on a scale of one to 10, people on average gave scores just as high in the 2020-22 Covid years as in 2017-19.

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