Study: middle class families in Beijing and Shanghai are in pseudo-happiness

16:28, March 17, 2010      

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Recently, a report named "The White Paper on the Happiness of Middle Class Families" has been issued. According to the report, the indexes of happiness in Jiangsu, Sichuan, Fujian and Chongqing are the highest, and nearly half of respondents are not satisfied with their lives. However, in the cities with most developed economy in China such as Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai and Zhejiang province, the indexes are surprisingly the lowest. Therefore, such cities have been called "not happy enough cities" or "pseudo-happy cities" among middle class families.

The paper was drew its data from a questionnaire to more than 70,000 people who are aged between 20 to 40 years old in 10 domestic cities. And the paper defines the middle class family as a family whose annual income is no less than 50,000 yuan.

According to the report, families with annual income between 110000 and 200000 yuan feel most happy; people aged between 30 to 35 years old feel most happy; second-line cities' families are happier than the front-line ones.

The paper believes health, EQ, wealth, family responsibility and social environment are the most important factors of family happiness according to statistics. Meanwhile, interpersonal communication between family members is another important factor, which has something to do with the other four factors at the same time. Less times spent with family members is one of the reasons that families in front line cities feel less happiness.

By People's Daily Online
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