RESEARCHERS identify 'golden triangle' for contented life, but critics say there is no recipe.
An Australian study has concluded that people are more likely to be happy when they live in the "golden triangle of happiness".
The research, which analysed 12 years of Australian happiness surveys, said a meaningful relationship, an annual income of $100,000 and participation in a social activity were the most important elements to ensure happiness.
But some New Zealand experts don't accept the findings are the ingredients for lifelong happiness.
Massey University associate professor Dr Grant Duncan, from the School of People, Environment and Planning, said it would be naive to believe there is a recipe for happiness.
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