In what is obviously a completely scientific study carried out by conscientious university students, Beijing, Shanghai and Jiangsu are the happiest regions in China, China Daily reports.
This study was apparently based on 44 different indices, including: senior high school enrollment rate, public cultural venues, medical insurance, the ratio of public service expenditure against fisca lexpenditure, and per capita green land area, according to China Daily.
The goal of the study, conducted by college students from Tianjin, is to “investigate the relationship between residents’ happiness and the fiscal expenditure in livelihood.”
Though we’re obviously happy that Shanghai made it into the top three, this study seems flawed.
Loneliness, particularly in urban cities, is a growing phenomenon that can contribute to economic inequalities and health problems.
Another survey, conducted in 2010, had about 50 percent of its respondents saying they “suffer from low living satisfaction and the main pressures come from economic problems such as purchasing a home, supporting kids and family pressure,” according to People’s Daily.
The article also states that “people in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen feel the biggest pressures.”
Let’s not forget about the high pressure of the gaokao exams, the rising property prices and cost of living in cities like Beijing and Shanghai.
[Via Beijing Cream]