Your Say: What are the benefits of living in Mandurah?
Mandurah may no longer be a small town but it is significantly smaller in population that Perth. Do you think living in Mandurah has it's benefits in comparison to living in the City?
Angela Lavoipierre for ABC News:
Researchers believe they may have found the secret to happiness, with Australians who live in towns with fewer than 1,000 people being significantly happier than those in big cities.
Conducted by the University of Melbourne, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics Survey (HILDA) is the most comprehensive of its kind in Australia — 17,000 people are interviewed about their happiness and its factors.
The report's author, Associate Professor Roger Wilkins, said there were a number of factors that impacted on happiness.
"The traditional big ones are our health, relationships ... being unemployed is extremely bad for your happiness," he said.