Money can apparently buy happiness


By interviewing 47,643 people in 43 countries and comparing the results to a similar survey undertaken in 2007, Pew Research determined that the greatest increases in “life satisfaction” occurred in Asia.

People in emerging markets are a lot more satisfied than they were in 2007, according to a survey by Pew Research, with Indonesians and the Chinese rushing ahead in their amassing of happiness.

For example, in Indonesia, satisfaction levels improved by 35 percentage points over the past seven years whilst in China, satisfaction levels grew by 26 percentage points.

Mexico was apparently the most satisfied country in the world, whereas, Egypt the least satisfied (see chart below).

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Source: Pew Research

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