Hong Kong residents were ranked seventh in a happiness survey conducted among people in the 18-40 age group in ten countries and cities in Asia Pacific region, TVB News reported Sunday, citing a study by the Junior Chamber International Ocean Hong Kong (JCIHK).
Financial debts are the main cause of worry among young people in Hong Kong, the survey showed.
The survey interviewed some 1,000 people from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Zhongshan and Ningxia.
People from Taiwan and Ningxia were ranked the most happy in the group, while Macau took the last spot on the list. Taiwan was given a score of 6.69 points while Hong Kong averaged 6.4 points.
The JCIHK said 20 percent of the Hong Kong interviewees said family relationships were the most important factor in determining their happiness, followed by health and financial income. Only one percent of the people said they would feel satisfied with benefits from public policies.
The JCIHK said the government, apart from promoting economic development, should allocate resources to educate the public about improving their interpersonal relationships in order to reduce their stress levels.
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