Monthly Spotlight

What Is Happiness and How Do We Attain It?

The topic of happiness appears to be one that guarantees endless column inches in Singapore. Internationally, we are told Fijians are happier with life than most while the Danes top the list for the happiest workers. Despite rising living standards, however, Singapore appears to show no improvement in the various happiness international polls published.

So we asked Singaporeans: what is the key to a happy life?

For Singaporeans, family (46%) and health (44%) top money (30%) when it comes to unlocking the secrets to happiness, but money still trumps everything else, including friendship, children, religion and job security. Findings also show that:

• Friendship is seen as more important to happiness than romantic love
• Religion and travel rank about the same (1-in-10) as being keys to a happy life
• Very few Singaporeans believe music (3%) or an appreciation of art (1%) are crucial to their happiness

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