Date
26 September 2017
Married men in Hong Kong generally feel less happy than their spouses, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ
Married men in Hong Kong generally feel less happy than their spouses, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ

Husbands generally feel less happy than wives in HK

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday. For most men, it should be a very happy day as their families and kids make them very special and proud.

Now, what about the other days? Is the man of the house really a happy creature through the year? 

The answer, in Hong Kong, is unfortunately no, according to a study which says that husbands in the city are generally less happy than their wives.

Married men generally feel less happy than their female counterparts from family life, according to a survey released by the Hong Kong Christian Service, RTHK reported Friday.

But this is not the worst case. Unmarried men are less likely to share their feelings with family members, according to the survey.

The survey, which interviewed 512 people during August and November last year in Kowloon, found that men and women have different views on what makes for a happy family.

Men care more about family members’ material needs, while women focus more on communication and emotional bond with family members, the study showed.

Therefore, men should try to open up more and communicate better with their spouses, while women should show more understanding and tolerance toward their partners, it said.

Family members, meanwhile, should also put in more effort to understand the difficulties and emotional problems faced by men.

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