An overwhelming majority of Germans (78%) are currently happy. According to an international study of the Ipsos Institute of Market Research and Opinion, conducted in 28 countries around the world, people's personal happiness has not increased more than that. in Germany compared to last year. A year ago, only about two-thirds of adult German citizens (68%) said they were very or very happy. Overall, the number of happy people is decreasing.
Only one in six (17%) Germans do not feel very happy now. The proportion of people who are not satisfied at all is even lower in this country (4%). In the international rankings of the happiest countries in the world, Germany occupies a leading position and ranks seventh out of a total of 28 countries surveyed.
The happiest and most unhappy countries
The happiest, however, are Australians and Canadians. In each case, 86% of adults consider themselves to be happy overall and almost one in three (28% and 29%) consider themselves very happy. Despite the chaos caused by Brexit, the British are closely following the third place in the international ranking of luck (83%). Once again, people are happier on average than last year.
Lucky decreases worldwide – especially in Latin America
On the other hand, the proportion of adults who consider themselves happy is decreasing. Although nearly two-thirds of respondents worldwide (64%) still consider themselves lucky, compared to the latest survey of February 2018, this figure has dropped by six percentage points, compared to 2011, even up to the previous year. at 13 percentage points.
Especially in Latin American countries, people's happiness has decreased rapidly since 2018. In Argentina (-22), Chile (-21) and Brazil (-12), even in the range of two digits, in the United States to a lesser extent (-3). Respondents in Argentina (34%), Spain (46%) and Russia (47%) are currently the most unfortunate. In these countries, only a minority are currently very or very happy.
Health and our offspring make us happier
When asked about the factors that give the greatest pleasure to people, health and physical well-being undoubtedly rank first (55% in the world). It is also common to mention the own children and the relationship with the partner (48% each), as well as the feeling that one's own life makes sense (47%). In Germany too, health is the main source of happiness (50%). On the other hand, their own children (37%) are much less common in this country than the world average.
For Robert Grimm, head of social and political research at Ipso, the growing happiness in Germany is a response to increasingly complex realities: "The Germans are a happy people and despite the weakening of economic statistics, domestic political situation still unclear and many geopolitical conflicts on the canal We look forward to the future calmly, perhaps also as a positive reaction to the terrible endless news that comes to us every day through the media. "
Online survey with 28 countries
The results are drawn from the global impact study of Ipsos Global Advisor: What makes people happy in the world a reality? They were gathered from May 24 to June 7, 2019. In the online survey, 20,327 people from 28 countries were interviewed. These countries include Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Germany, France, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Canada, Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia and Sweden. Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Hungary and United States of America.
In Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Canada, Spain and the United States, approximately 1,000 people were interviewed. In the other countries studied, the sample consisted of about 500 people.
A weighting of the data was done to balance the demographic characteristics to ensure that the sample reflects the current official structural data of the adult population of each country. In 15 of the 28 countries surveyed, the Internet density is high enough for the sample to be representative of the national population – including Germany.
Brazil, Chile, China, India, Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa and Turkey have a lower internet density. These samples should not be considered as representative of the population, but rather represent the richest part of the population, the growing middle class. However, it is a social group essential to understand these countries.
If the results do not add up to 100, this is because the numbers have been rounded, multiple answers allowed or "do not know / no answer" are excluded.