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Whether one has joy in private life?

What is joy and can it be measured? Humanity has been fighting to have the answer to this for centuries. We undertook an attempt to approach this issue a little bit more pragmatically and asked Russians whether they were happy with such things as their personal relationships, physical health and career, since these typically make components for feeling happy.

«Should we speak of your life today, could you say you are happy with your personal relationships, career, physical health?» (% of respondents).

The data we have acquired evidence of that Russians are in overall quite happy with the suggested aspects in their life. Just so, the absolute majority of respondents (79%) are happy with their personal relationship; 58% - with their career developments; 65% - are with their current physical health. This being said, men and women’s estimation of these parameters is found to be about equal.

The distinctions in their estimates become more evident should we look at different age categories. Younger respondents (i.e. people of between 15 and 39 y.o.) feel to greater extent happy with their physical health and career. It’s natural, as years go by these aspects of an individual’s life start bringing more trouble. Instead as for private life, the older people grow, the happier they become with their private: the young of between 15 and 24 of age are more inclined to give negative estimates to their private life, which can be easily explained by the young age, as well as the inclination of the young and particularly teenagers to make dramas out of natural developments.

In terms of residence area, urban dwellers appear a little bit happier with their physical health and career in comparison with rural areas residents. However when it comes to personal relations, the picture gets changed to be totally the opposite: people in rural settlements more often say they’re happy with their private life.

The study was conducted in the period of June-July 2013 based on the all-Russia representative sample (15+) using face-to-face interview method in place of residence. Altogether 1500 respondents in 7 federal districts, 46 entities of the Russian Federation in 100 settlements (168 sample points) have been interviewed. The sample error makes up 2,5%.

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