The Blue Bird of Happiness – not just a metaphor

Blue Bird on the Berries I
[Photo from FLickr (Stan Lupo); Creative Commons License]

This story is for anyone who needs to justify spending money on equipment for birding… or birdseed… or anything else related to our feathered friends. It turns out that birds can bring more happiness than money does. Check it out here:

In our pursuit of that elusive thing called happiness, scientists can offer few findings. One is that, contrary to popular belief, money can actually buy happiness. Another, more recent, is that so can birds. 

“Europeans are particularly satisfied with their lives if their immediate surroundings host a high species diversity,” said the lead author of a recent study published in Science Daily. Joel Methorst, a doctoral researcher at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, the iDiv, and the Goethe University in Frankfurt, explained that, “according to our findings, the happiest Europeans are those who can experience numerous different bird species in their daily life, or who live in near-natural surroundings that are home to many species.”  

So why are you still sitting here looking at your computer screen? Go find some birds!