The research shows “greater happiness” at Polynesia’s resorts and hotels is linked to a greater sense of “composure, connection and belonging” which can be found in the region’s culture.
The study was conducted by the Australian National University and the Australian Institute of Public Affairs.
It is based on surveys of about 10,000 people in Polynesia and the Cook Islands, with the results published in the Australian Journal of Public Health.
The researchers say this has long been a common finding in the Polynesians’ experience of living in remote and tropical places.
It found that for the average person living in the Pacific Islands, happiness is correlated with the amount of exposure they receive to other people and to the cultural norms and values of their local culture.
Happiness is linked in part to the people’s sense of connection with the people in their local communities, they say.
“Our results suggest that greater happiness is associated with having a sense of community, and that greater community can be a positive source of happiness,” the authors wrote.
The research also found that people who have a higher level of social support, such as a close and meaningful relationship, have a better quality of life in their own communities.
“The higher level and better quality-of-life may have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing,” they wrote.
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