Recent survey results show strong offline human connections are vital to happiness, wellbeing and life satisfaction in Aussies

Psychology Week is an annual initiative by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) to increase awareness of “how psychology can help Australians lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives.”

This year the APS has introduced its survey Compass for Life, a campaign to help Australians measure their happiness and wellbeing levels, and learn better “ways to thrive”.

According to recent findings drawn from the Compass for Life survey, strong social relationships and offline human connections are the key to happiness for Australians.

It found that people who connected with family, partner and/or children daily, those who caught up with colleagues socially as well as those who were connected into their communities in a variety of ways had higher wellbeing scores than those who didn’t.

The survey also found that adults who had a high usage of social media reported significantly higher levels of loneliness and negative emotions.

APS Executive Director Professor Lyn Littlefield says, “The Compass for Life provides ideas on how we can improve our wellbeing and happiness.  We invite Australians to visit CompassForlLife.org.au to find their own wellbeing score by taking our survey and find tips to help them thrive.”