Children cool off in a fountain at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Brandon Malone)
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The results were derived from two major surveys by Gallup that included some 3 million people worldwide.One survey covered nearly 1.8 million Americans from 2008 to 2012 and the other interviewed 1.07 million people from 161 countries between 2006 and 2012 .On the whole, both U.S. groups rated their lives about a seven on a scale of one to 10 .Adults of all ages with children at home rated their lives 6.82 while the childless came in at 6.84 .In poor countries, personal happiness may take a back seat to necessities, like requiring extra bodies to work the farm, the study suggested.
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