Civil servants 'happiest': CCIS survey
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The gross national happiness index (GNH) released yesterday by the privately run China Credit Information Service (CCIS) was 5.72 points, lower than the corresponding government-compiled index of 6.64 points released a day earlier.
September 1, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The CCIS report found that government employees had the highest index of happiness, at 6.25 points.
The statistics released by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) showed that Taiwan's GNH index of 6.64 points ranked 19th among 37 countries surveyed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) based on its “Better Life Index” criteria. The ranking is better than Japan and South Korea.
But the tallies released by the CCIS based on its survey are different from those issued by the DGBAS. Plagued by a sluggish economy, high housing prices, and declining business profits, the general public posted an average happiness index of only 5.72 points, lower than the 6.06 points recorded by surveyed managers.
In terms of age group, the CCIS survey also showed that young people aged 20-29 showed the highest happiness of 5.9 points.
In terms of education, those with graduate-education and above showed the highest index of 6.0 points.
When it comes to occupation, military servicemen, teachers, and policemen recorded the highest happiness index at 6.25 points.
The survey also indicated that residents in southern and eastern Taiwan demonstrated higher feeling of happiness than those in other parts of the island.
The CCIS poll directly found that Taiwan's index of 5.72 points was lower than Singapore's 7.07 points, Japan's 6.44 points, South Korea's 6.04 points. It was higher than China's 5.06 points.
CCIS noted that good social order, steady economic expansion and clear-cut policies are the key factors leading to higher happiness indices in Singapore, Japan and Korea.
Although the government has started to compile gross national happiness indices, the CCIC survey indicated that up to 66.7 percent of the respondents share the view that the government survey may eventually become a routine practice and won't help to improve the happiness of local people.