This could be politically hued but on the basic sense, it’s a humane treat to the Chinese people, given the benefits that can be acquired from being happy or smiling. Although the movement may not be in form of who’s smiling and who’s not, cities in China are now in the rage to compete for the happiest amongst themselves. But why the sudden drive is there?
Well, perhaps the Chinese government got alarmed by the results of the polls that they conducted through an information portal, China.com.cn, wherein it was found that among 1,350 people, only;
- 6% listed themselves as “very happy”
- 8% were distinctly “not happy”
- the rest were “so-so” or “unsure”
The Chinese nation found the above figures quiet disturbing, while China’s “income levels have increased fivefold in half a generation“.
Another poll gave even more pressure.
Gallup last month ranked China 92nd out of 124 countries in a poll in which people assessed their own “well-being.”
The results showed that;
- Only 12% of Chinese described themselves as “thriving.”
Since the heat is on, Chinese municipalities are now on the way to drawing happiness indices and competing for the title of “China’s Happiest City“.
Christopher K. Hsee, a Chinese-born University of Chicago professor, leading the bandwagon of dealing with happiness related studies to China, believes that the Chinese government is on the track of finding an alternative measure of success, especially during an economy’s pleatau.
I think it is a grand task, but I believe that the Chinese government has got the tools and mechanisms to effect the movement, effectively. People will be stepping forward from finding dermitage reviews for their wrinkles-related problems to making themselves conscious of their happiness from time to time.
The famous question roaming around in the Chinese cities these days is, “Are You Happy?”
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