To show the measure of happiness levels in the city of Bengaluru, a survey was conducted in which it was seen that one is more likely to be happy if they are unmarried, young and in the high or middle-income group.
As per the study conducted by the city-based Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD), unmarried people (61.6%) are more likely to be happy when compared to their married counterparts (58.2%), and happiness sees a steady decline with increasing age. Those in the 18-25 age group are the happiest at 63%, while those above 60 years (56.5%) have the lowest percentage.
In the happy population, 26% of people were reported to be ‘very happy’ while 74% of people said that were ‘happy’.
In the survey, around 1,800 people were surveyed in the city across the age groups, income brackets, and relationship status. As per the survey it was seen, those aged 18-25 years, employed muddle aged women in the middle-income category and living in the nuclear families tend to be happier. In 2018, the survey was conducted over eight months.
The study thus stated that personal happiness is the main contributor to the overall happiness of people in the city. It focused on the happiness index of individuals based on environment, governance, personal factors, social infrastructure, and economic parameters.
The study also added the low-income groups are less happy which constitutes 65.5 % as compared to middle and higher-income groups with 58.6% and 58.5% respectively. Also the economic factors contribute marginally (8%) to the happiness of low-income groups as compared to the middle (8.2%) and higher groups (8.4%).