Australian men are happiest when they are having sex or surfing the net, but women prefer to get their endorphins racing by having meals with friends
and petting their pooches, according to the 2008 Australian Happiness Index.
Rest, relaxation and entertainment topped the list for both men and women in the index, with quality time with your partner also making the top four
for each sex.
But that's where the similarities end.
Sex ranks as a top five activity to make men happy and surfing the internet tops even that at number three.
Sex and the internet were also top 10 choices for women to make them happy, but enjoying a family meal and playing with pets or children ranked much
Eating comfort food scored in the top 10 for both sexes, but the more discerning men questioned said they preferred great food and wine or drinking
with friends to reaching for the chocolate.
Despite urban myths to the contrary, shopping does not make all women happy - only 30 per cent were happiest when shopping for new clothes, shoes or
It may come as little surprise that just 14 per cent of men were happiest when shopping.
One in two women said reading a good book made them happy whereas less than one in three men said the same, and 36 per cent of generous-natured women
said buying gifts made them feel joyful, compared to a miserly 19 per cent of men.
The index was compiled by marketing consultants The Leading Edge who spoke to more than 8,500 Australians aged between 18 and 64.
"Australians are made happy on a week-to-week basis, not by possessions and achievements, but by entertaining experiences and by meaningful
interactions with others," The Leading Edge managing director Karen Phillips said.
"Men are happiest whilst having sex" haha no suprise there