What’s the most efficient way to raise the happiness values in my settlement?

My settlement has 5 people right now and my happiness value for the people seem to be dropping ever so often.

I’d like to know what’s the most efficient way to raise the happiness values in my settlement? Do I need specific furniture? Or do I just need enough of the other resources (food, power, water) to keep them happy?

Is this kinda like Fallout Shelter, where keeping dwellers happy meant keeping all their resources kept as high as possible? Or is something else affecting their happiness values?

Answer

Apart from having enough food and water, a strong defense (higher than food + water total to minimize attacks) and a general absence of attacks on your community, the happiness is mainly controlled by decorations and luxury.

Adding televisions, rugs and non-essential furniture (anything other than beds) to your settlement will increase the happiness of people living there. Basically, if you try to furnish their homes with care, they appreciate it. Who would have thought?

In one of those endless “How to foster your settlements” guides I read that apparently, the most efficient way to raise happiness in terms of resource/performance is packing any and every vertical surface with paintings. They require only wood to build which should be in overabundance and don’t take up space on the ground for essential things.

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