The happiest place on earth….almost. #35: 2012
The Centre for the Study of Living Standards is a Canadian not-for-profit research organization designed to “track trends, living standards, and economic wellbeing in Canada”. Their recent study “Canadians Are Happy and Getting Happier” is an interesting overview of life satisfaction levels in Canada, based on data from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). Key findings include…
►In 2011 more than 9 out of 10 Canadians aged 12 and over reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their life.
►According to a Gallup World Poll taken in February 2012, Canada is the second happiest country in the world. Denmark is the happiest place on earth…sorry Disney!!.
►Younger Canadians were more satisfied with their life than older Canadians. People 12-19 were the happiest, with 96.9 per cent reporting being satisfied or very satisfied with their life. Those 65+ were the least happy (no surprise here) with 89 per cent reporting being satisfied or very satisfied.
► A significant gap in life satisfaction has emerged between the young and old. In 2003, the proportion of persons aged 12 to 19 who were satisfied or very satisfied was only 2 % higher than for persons 65+ (94% versus 92%). By 2011 the gap had widened by 7.8%.
► Nova Scotia, Quebec and Newfoundland had the highest satisfaction levels while B.C., Ontario and Nunavut, were not so happy.
So, what does all this really mean…?
►Canadians are generally satisfied with their standard of living i.e. our secure banking system, universal health care and yes, dare I say libraries, despite the global financial crisis the world is crawling out of.
►In 2008 Canada was in 5th and in 2012 we were second, indicating that Canada is becoming happier relative to the rest of the world!
►Our positive attitude maybe one of the character traits that makes us uniquely Canadian , along with our excessive politeness, humble but outgoing manner and our love of all things weather.
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Kitty Pope #35 October 2012