A European cultural study today revealed that adults could take inspiration from the next generation on how to choose and create happiness.

Commissioned by Coca-Cola Ireland, the happiness study – ‘Why Generation Z is Choosing Happiness’, reveals that young adults and teens in Ireland are leading the way in the pursuit of happiness. The findings show that Generation Z see happiness more as a choice, than a chase, and it’s a belief more firmly held by young people in Ireland than by their peers in Europe.

Today’s young people are no longer dreamers but doers. Unlike adults who tend to strive for future goals, this generation does small, multiple and attainable things to choose happiness every day.

Generation Z value the smaller things in life and place more importance on happiness than ever before. In Ireland, friendships and family are the greatest drivers of happiness and this generation also appreciates the power of a smile!

• 84% of Irish teens surveyed agree that you can make a choice to be happy, compared to just 72% of their European counterparts.
• 70% of Irish teens focus on happiness with only 51% of their European peers making it a priority.
• Irish teens put ‘friendship’ (47%) and ‘family’ (40%) as most important thing in finding happiness. ‘Social life’ is also important at 13%.
• Irish teens are a smiley bunch, with 73% agreeing that ‘seeing a stranger smile in the street’ prompts them to smile too.
• Irish teens value the smaller things in life, with 37% claiming that it’s ‘appreciating the smaller moments’ and ‘a general sense of well-being and feeling contented’ (35%) and ‘having goals and achieving them’ (17%).

Dr. Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness said; “Generation Z are placing more importance on happiness than ever before. While adults need to work at mindfulness, for this generation it comes more naturally. Rather than deferring happiness to the future and associating happiness with big - and sometimes unachievable - goals, Generation Z is much more focused on living in the moment. Today’s young people are choosing to thrive by proactively building their own happiness and coming together as the ‘We’ generation not the ‘Me’ generation. Irish teens in particular are also pros at focusing on happiness, 21% more than their European peers.”

Experts who carried out the detailed cultural study highlighted three key ways that Generation Z is approaching happiness:
• Doing small, multiple and attainable things, rather than striving for big, singular and intimidating goals
• Allowing themselves to be spontaneously joyful and playful
• For young people, happiness is a social emotion, and being hyper-connected means happiness can be shared instantly and in real time

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About the cultural study: Why Generation Z is Choosing Happiness

Coca-Cola is one of the first global brands to spotlight what happiness means to young people today, through their eyes and the perspectives of world-leading happiness experts.

For the ‘Why Generation Z is Choosing Happiness – A Happiness Study’, Coca-Cola has conducted a quantitative study with Tapestry Research of 3,331 15-19 year olds across the eight European markets (UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Norway).

The Cultural Intelligence Practice at Flamingo London then pressure-tested the findings with a round table expert salon event in February before a panel of cultural commentators including:

Beth Reekles, Teen and YA author, named one of the world’s most influential teens by Time magazine (UK)
Tom Palmaerts, youth trendwatcher (Belgium)
Chloe Bingham, teen and employment campaigner (UK)
Dr Robert Holden, Director of The Happiness Project (UK)
Dr Tom Chatfield, technology theorist, gaming and teen expert (UK)
Dr Mark Williamson, director at Action for Happiness (UK)

Additional interviews were also conducted with:
Dr Jean-Pierre Ternaux, neuroscientist (France) Sue Jackson, fashion and beauty blogger (Ireland)
Tommie Rose, teen and entrepreneur (UK) Chinny Brown, teen (UK)
Dr Anne-Lise Goddings, paediatrician and cognitive neuroscientist, expert on the teenage brain (UK)

About Choose Happiness
Choose Happiness represents the beginning of a shift in marketing strategy for Coca-Cola where all of its four variants are marketed one brand, across all touch points. The new strategy will highlight ‘choice’ by putting focus on the distinct characteristics of the difference Coca-Cola variants so customers are new encouraged to choose the best Coke to fit their needs and occasion.

For 129 years, Coca-Cola has been providing uplifting refreshment and moments of happiness. From simple moments of connection like sharing a meal together or special occasions such as Christmas, Coca-Cola has always encouraged people to see the glass half-full. With Choose Happiness, Coca-Cola is motivating people to further: to realise that it is not only about seeing the glass half full, but to take action to fill the glass up themselves.

About Coca Cola Ireland
Coca Cola Ireland (CCI) is a subsidiary of The Coca Cola Company and is responsible for marketing 20 brands to consumers across the Island of Ireland. The Company focuses on developing new and existing brands including Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most valuable brands.

Coca-Cola’s portfolio in Ireland also includes Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Coca-Cola Life, Sprite and Fanta as well as Lilt, Dr Pepper, Kia Ora, BPM, Nestea, Oasis still fruit drinks and isotonic sports drink Powerade. We also own the Schweppes product range, and Relentless energy drinks.

For more information about Coca-Cola Ireland, please visit our website at www.coca-cola.ie.

About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, POWERADE, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia, Dasani, FUZE TEA and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.