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Ninety per cent of Canadians happy, Nova Scotians happiest: Report

QMI AGENCY

Most Canadians are happy with their lives, a new report by an Ottawa-based non-profit group has found.

Nine out of 10 Canadians said they are satisfied or very satisfied with their lives, the report released Tuesday by the Centre for the Study of Living Standards found - a higher percentage than in 2003

In the report, titled "Canadians are happy and getting happier," researchers looked at data from the Canadian Community Health Survey to determine how happy Canadians are.

They found that Canadians aged 12 to 19 are the happiest (96.9%), while Canadians aged 65 and older are the least satisfied with life (89%).

"Research is needed to explain why young Canadians are becoming happier while older people are becoming less happy," the report says. "The finding of rising life satisfaction for young people is particularly perplexing given that one might expect that the poor labour market prospects and opportunities for this group would have a negative effect on happiness. The decreasing life satisfaction of persons 45 and over, and particularly those 65 and over, may be explained by growing anxieties arising from the financial crisis and uncertainties associated with employment prospects and pensions."

Top 10 countries well-being ranking, according to the 2012 Happy Planet Index*

  1. Denmark 7.8
  2. Canada 7.7
  3. Norway 7.6
  4. Switzerland 7.5
  5. Netherlands 7.5
  6. Sweden 7.5
  7. Venezuela 7.5
  8. Australia 7.4
  9. Finland 7.4
  10. Israel 7.4

*Ranking on a 10-point scale

 


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