A study published in the journal Psychological Science found that people who feel a sense of national pride are happier on average. The survey of over 40,000 respondents across Europe showed a correlation between patriotism and personal wellbeing in the self-reporting of the study participants.
But while any kind of national pride was found to be connected to a greater feeling of happiness, researchers found that civic pride – respect for a country’s institutions and laws – was associated with a greater level of happiness than ethnic pride – respect for racial or religious identity.
In fact, the happiness level of the least civically proud respondents was found to be almost as great as that of the most ethnically proud respondents.
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