|people bonding is key to happiness|
People who live in rural areas are happier than city dwellers, new research has found.
Cities have higher salaries, higher education levels and lower unemployment rates.
However, that meant nothing in terms of joy: people who lived in the countryside were, on average, eight times happier than people in urban areas, the study found.
The researchers said the findings lay bare the undeniable importance of strong communities over social isolation.