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Locals say money a key factor for their happiness

MONEY has become a key factor for Shanghai people to feel happy about their life and family, according to a survey issued by Shanghai Women's Federation today.

The poll is based on 1,771 respondents who are either permanent residents or migrants having lived in the city for more than six months. They are aged 15-60.

According to the survey, 420 respondents said "having a lot of money" is a major source of happiness for their families. The option rose four places to rank the third on the list of happiness factors this year as compared with 2009.

"The change in ranking reflects growing financial pressure of living in the city," said Chen Jianjun, director of the federation's children and family department.

"Rising consumer prices, the obligation to support elders, and tuition fees for the child all require young couples to earn more. This apparently makes them unhappy," Chen said.

"Good health" remains at the top of the list with more than 70 percent of respondents picking it first out of 16 options.

The report said female respondents feel happier than men in terms of life quality and interaction with family members. People with higher incomes are also happier than others.

Generally speaking, Shanghai residents feel okay about their life. Their average happiness score is 67.29, up 17.27 points over 2009, but still not a high score by the federation's standard.


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