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Passengers happy but only just

ACCORDING to a city "happiness index" survey only a little more than half the people who took part are enjoying daily life.

In the past two weeks nearly 56 percent of the 816,815 voters chose "happy" while the rest opted for "unhappy."

Ten electric boards with two sides, one a smiley face and one with a frown, were set up in new bus shelters at bus stations in prime areas, including People's Square, Zhangyang Road, Changning Road, Zhongshan Park, Dong'an Road, Shanghai Stadium, Huangxing Road Bridge, Changshun Road, Yangjiadu Road and Chengdu Road N.

After a passengers made a choice, the number of people who had registered the same mood lit up. The happiness index indicator was intended to provide fun for commuters and remind them to be happy.

But at Chengdu Road N. 53 percent of the travelers voters said they felt unhappy. The game's organizer said the voters in that neighborhood went for unhappy because of stress - the area is home to many office buildings.

Most of the other areas were tourist and shopping centers, where visitors were usually in a better mood, the organizer said.

A stop at People's Square scored the highest happiness count with about 63 percent of the voters choosing "happy."

The "happiness index" ended yesterday.


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