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Passengers split over happiness

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 electronic boards with two sides, one with a smiley face and the other a frown, were set up in bus shelters at bus stops in prime areas, including People's Square, Zhangyang Road, Changning Road, Zhongshan Park, Dong'an Road, Shanghai Stadium, Huangxing Road Bridge, 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 this was because of stress - the area has many office buildings.

Visitors were usually in a better mood at tourist areas and shopping centers. At People's Square about 63 percent were "happy."

The "happiness index" ended yesterday.


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