When asked whether you’re generally “very happy,” “pretty happy” or “not too happy,” with your life, what would you say?
Would it surprise you to know that 2 out of 3 of your fellow Canadians regard themselves as “pretty happy” with their lives? At least, that’s according to a recent survey released by the Angus Reid Institute.
“Pretty happy” is that middle-of-the road answer, and when you think about it, it’s so Canadian! The remaining respondents were pretty equally divided between “very happy” and “not too happy” (16% and 18%). (A small percentage —3 per cent— indicated they were not sure or couldn’t answer.)
“In general, we really are looking at a population in some ways that have won the lottery of birth or migration,” said Shachi Kurl, senior vice-president at Angus Reid, said of the survey results.
“We live in a country where people are expressing a level of satisfaction and happiness in their lives that is the majority view.” Kurl said.
The finding that Canadians are a relatively happy bunch is not new. The 2015 World Happiness Report ranked Canada as the fifth happiest country in the world—and that report collected data from 150 countries around the world!
Still, there are variations of happiness levels among Canadian regions. Kurl says that a number of factors could contribute to the variations by region, including quality of life, weather patterns and job prospects.
The highest levels of “happiness” and “satisfaction” with life were recorded by B.C. and Quebec respondents (20 and 22 points respectively). Next on the happiness score were Manitobans (19). We in Mississauga are part of the Ontario survey respondents whose rating of satisfaction with life is 14 points, followed by Saskatchewan (13), Alberta (12), and Atlantic Canada (9).
Still, 80% of respondents reported being satisfied with overall quality of life, the number of friends they have, where they live, and their relationships with family members. As a Mississaugan, would you echo this statement?