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Friends, family and birthdays 'make children happiest'

16 Apr 2011 | BBC News

Friends, family and birthdays top the list of things that UK children say make them happy, a survey suggests. Computer games came in above chocolate, while social networking websites languished below both, in the survey of 1,000 children aged up to 16. Children rated their happiness, on average, at 8.5 out of 10, compared to only 6.5 for adults.

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