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World is happier than in 2007

2012-02-11 08:34

New York - Despite economic woes, wars, conflicts and natural disasters the world is a happier place today than it was four years ago and Indonesians, Indians and Mexicans seem to be the most contented people on the planet.

More than three-quarters of people around the globe who were questioned in an international poll said they were happy with their lives and nearly a quarter described themselves as very happy.

"The world is a happier place today and we can actually measure it because we have been tracking it," said John Wright, senior vice president of Ipsos Global, which has surveyed the happiness of more than 18 000 people in 24 countries since 2007.

But he added that expectations of why people are happy should be carefully weighed.

"It is not just about the economy and their well-being. It is about a whole series of other factors that make them who they are today."

Unhappy Italians

Brazil and Turkey rounded out the top five happiest nations, while Hungary, South Korea, Russia, Spain and Italy had the fewest number of happy people.

Perhaps proving that money can't buy happiness, residents of some of the world biggest economic powers, including the United States, Canada and Britain, fell in the middle of the happiness scale.

"There is a pattern that suggests that there are many other factors beyond the economy that make people happy, so it does provide one element but it is not the whole story," said Wright.

"Sometimes the greatest happiness is a cooked meal or a roof over your head," he explained. "Relationships remain the No 1 reason around the world where people say they have invested happiness and maybe in those cultures family has a much greater degree of impact."

Regionally Latin America had the highest number of happy people, followed by North America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and Africa. Only 15% of Europeans said they were very happy.

On a more personal note married couples tended to be happier than singles but men seemed to be as content as women. Education and age also had an impact with more people under 35 saying they are very happy than 25-49 year olds. Higher education also equated with higher happiness.

Comments
  • Andre - 2012-02-11 09:17

    Indonesians, Indians and Mexicans seem to be the most contented people on the planet. Must be all the hashish and other drugs they are using!!

      jowza1 - 2012-02-11 09:27

      tests have shown that too much boerewors makes you grumpy

      jowza1 - 2012-02-11 09:32

      andre,you describe yourself a conservative christian that respects fellow humans.what went wrong with your above post.are you on hashish

      Fidel - 2012-02-11 09:55

      In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux. The countries you mentioned above could never beat this. http://www.imshealth.com

      Markhams Rudzani Hudivhannyi-mudanamafhungo - 2012-02-11 10:20

      what a load and load of crap!

  • Gar - 2012-02-11 09:17

    18000 people from 2007 in 24 countries? So they ask a few people in a country every year if they are happy, and that is tracking happiness? I hope they do not think anybody will take anything they say from here on out seriously...

      Fidel - 2012-02-11 09:20

      That is the science of statistics for you!

      Gar - 2012-02-11 10:37

      70 million would be 1 percent of the world, it is not even 1% of 1%...

  • Rodney - 2012-02-11 09:47

    lol amazing how any topic turns into a racist rant

      jowza1 - 2012-02-11 09:48

      yes ask andre

      Fidel - 2012-02-11 09:57

      It is all those dinasours still trying to survive in the sewers.

      Ja - 2012-02-11 11:21

      Please explain why Andre's comment is racist .. what is wrong with you people .. why is everything assumed/presumed racist .. people of a darker colour are generally trouble makers .. get over it .. that is the way it is .. I did not decide it nor you nor Andre .. accept it or control it or move on .. but if the world keeps hiding it we will all be in deep -deep trouble ..

      jowza1 - 2012-02-11 11:37

      ja.the world is already in deep trouble.just look at europe

      nthabiseng.priklopil - 2012-02-11 12:13

      Rodney, I wonder if you can read. I read all the above comments and none referred to race. Mostly emphasised DRUGS. I am Black and dream to see the day when it will be just SOUTH AFRICANS.

      Fidel - 2012-02-11 12:33

      @Ja When did you learn this. Was it when you invaded their lands or before?

      Ja - 2012-02-11 12:36

      nthabiseng .. thank you .. you are black I am white .. you are South African and guess what .. so am I .. I enjoy my colour and culture probably like you enjoy yours .. so why is that a problem people .. please explain why South Africans can not be what they want to be and still be South African ..

      Ja - 2012-02-11 12:48

      Fidel .. I never get into a debate with stupid people that is why I kept out of politics .. but in this case I have to say this .. "WHAT THE F@#$ ARE you taliking about" ..

      Fidel - 2012-02-11 14:52

      @Ja "people of a darker colour are generally trouble makers .. get over it .. that is the way it is .. I did not decide it nor you nor Andre .. accept it or control it or move on .. but if the world keeps hiding it we will all be in deep -deep trouble .." You are the dinasour that deserves to stay in the sewers!

      Ja - 2012-02-11 16:59

      @Fidel .. all the Nations with dark coloured people are in trouble .. prove me wrong .. I dare you .. what has that got to do with land invasion .. the two most successful nations in the world (against your racist beliefs) is USA and UK .. white run countries .. that is the truth .. the biggest disaster on the planet is Africa .. let me think here .. black run countries .. and I have never lived in a sewer no will I .. not in Africa or any where else in the world .. I am way to intelligent for that .. so for the record I urge you to stop speaking rubbish .. leave that to the ANC ..

  • barry.mcbride - 2012-02-11 10:09

    "more people under 35 saying they are very happy than 25-49 year olds" LOL, rather ‘more people under 25 saying they are very happy than 25-49 year olds’ OR ‘more people under 35 saying they are very happy than 35-49 year olds’.

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-11 11:05

    If this poll was conducted on the Internet then surely most poor people who don't have an Internet connection were not represented.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-11 11:05

    Judging by the results they never surveyed South Africans or had to contend with jujus mug every day!

      Ja - 2012-02-11 11:36

      Well said .. and you forgot having a neighbour like Bob ..

  • Tshiamo - 2012-02-11 11:36

    lol

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