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WIN: Are we still happy?

International study shows declining happiness worldwide

Almost half of the world’s population is satisfied with their lives – much less than two years ago. In this context, the level of satisfaction and happiness depends on age and origin. This is the result of the current End-of-Year Survey of the international WIN network. In this survey, 30,890 participants from 40 countries were interviewed about their views, expectations, prospects, and opinions, determining, among other things, the “net happiness index” (NHI) as an indicator for the general level of happiness. The NHI results from the difference between the proportion of satisfied and dissatisfied respondents.

Happy Ghana
While in 2016 about 57 per cent of respondents still claimed to be generally happy, the number dropped to 52 per cent in 2018. The decisive factor is where you live: While the Philippines and Ghana have the highest level of happiness (78 per cent) Palestine has the lowest. There the “net happiness” is only 24 per Cent.

With a net happiness of 48 per cent Germany places among the top of the latter half of the ranking. As the exclusive German member, Produkt + Markt conducted the survey in Germany and collected further data.

Part-time jobs make Germans happy
In this country, not only those pursuing a career are happier than those who do not, but those who work part-time instead of full-time turned out to be even happier. 60 per cent of respondents working part-time claimed to be happy, while only 55 per cent of those working full-time stated the same. According to the study, only 27 per cent of unemployed respondents claimed to be happy, in contrast.

The younger the happier
Nevertheless, one’s own age also significantly affects one’s personal sense of happiness. This can be observed worldwide: Younger people tend to be happier. In Germany, the share of “net happiness” among 16 to 29-year-olds is 61 per cent, whereas it is only 43 per cent among the 30 to 49-year-olds, and 45 per cent among respondents over 50 years of age. While satisfaction with life is declining worldwide due to increasing political and economic instability, younger generations seem to be optimistic about their present and future.

Further Facts
Are you curious to know what other factors affect the happiness of the world’s population? Please click below to see the official press release for a detailed summary of all findings.

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