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Mateship is what makes Australians happy, according to a new national survey on the nation’s emotional wellbeing.

The Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) Compass for Life survey has found people who connect with family, socialise with colleagues and are actively involved in their local community are the happiest people in Australia.

Those who spend a lot of time on social media, which is designed to bring people closer together, feel higher levels of loneliness and negative emotions.

People aged 25-34 scored significantly higher on loneliness than adults 35 years and over.

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