By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
At least 9 in 10 Filipinos said they are happy and satisfied with life in general nowadays, making it the highest happiness rate in the past 20 years, based on a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results.
The nationwide survey conducted last December 3-6 among 1,500 respondents found that 91 percent of Filipinos were happy with life in general, with half of them (46 percent) “very happy,” and the other half (45 percent) “fairly happy.”
Meanwhile, 7 percent were not very happy, and 2 percent were not at all happy.
SWS noted that the latest figure is two points above the 89 percent very or fairly happy in June 2016, and the highest in 20 years since the record-high 92 percent in June 1996.
SWS also cited that out of 46 surveyed countries, the Philippines has the most number of people who rated themselves as completely happy with 31 percent; 25 percent said they were very happy, while 31 percent said they were fairly happy.
The country also ranks 11th overall in terms of general happiness with 87 percent. The highest ranked is Portugal with 95 percent, with Iceland, Argentina, Switzerland, and the United States rounding up the top 5.
In addition, the country ranks 16th overall in terms of general, and 36th overall in terms of being neither happy nor unhappy.