Survey Says Canadians Are Happy
If you're happy and you know it, a new report suggests you might be from Canada.
The Centre for the Study of Living Standards says more than 90 percent of Canadians surveyed report they are either satisfied or very satisfied with their lives.
The centre tracked numbers collected by Statistics Canada in its community health survey between 2003 and 2011. Canadians have stayed happy through that entire period, with 91 percent reporting life satisfaction in 2003 and 92 percent saying
so last year.
The scores were enough to officially rank Canada as among the happiest countries in the world. The centre says a Gallup world poll taken in February 2012 rated Canada as the second most satisfied nation, ranked only behind Denmark.
Centre executive director Andrew Sharpe said the numbers tell a compelling story about the standard of living most Canadians enjoy. ``We do have high levels of income. We have weathered the financial crisis better than other countries of the world,'' Sharpe
said in a telephone interview. ``We do have a good health system. We complain about it, but at least there's full coverage of all Canadians ... We do have a lot of advantages as a country.''
More of Canada's young people are reporting feeling contented,while the country's senior citizens are expressing more reservations about their lot in life, he said, adding the gap between the two age groups has widened considerably over the past several years.
About 94 per cent of Canadians between 12 and 19 years of age reported feeling satisfied in 2003 compared to 92 per cent of those over 65. By 2001, the number of satisfied seniors had fallen to 89 percent while youth happiness scores had shot up to 97 per cent.
Sharpe attributed some of the change to the economic turmoil that has roiled the job market and depleted savings for those nearing retirement, leaving the country's youngest residents comparatively unscathed.
(The Canadian Press)