23 January 2019
Hong Kong women are generally happier than men, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong women are generally happier than men, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ

Hongkongers’ happiness tied to family income, survey shows

Nearly four in five people in Hong Kong are happy about themselves and their families, with women better off than men, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing a survey.

The survey was commissioned by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and conducted by the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Program which interviewed more than 4,000 residents aged 18 and above between April and July last year.

About 76.6 percent of the respondents feel happy about themselves, scoring 5 or more on a scale of 1 to 7.

By comparison, 76.2 percent feel happy about their families, scoring at least 7 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Both the personal and family happiness indices of female respondents are higher than for their male counterparts, according to the survey.

In general, the older the respondents, the happier they are, with people aged between 18 and 24 having the lowest happiness score.

The survey also found that the degree of happiness for families is positively correlated to their monthly income as well as to the time spent communicating with family members.

Professor Lam Tai-hing of the HKU School of Public Health said the survey suggests that more care and communication with younger family members are necessary to make them happier.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor in the department of psychology of the University of California, Riverside, said the results of the survey are similar to those seen in western societies.

She said Hongkongers spend more time with their families and friends which can increase their degree of happiness.

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