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Two-thirds say they're happy with their lot

SHANGHAI residents are generally a happy bunch, according to a survey, with almost two-thirds choosing the higher scores to describe their level of happiness.

In the poll, conducted by Shanghai Daily and Touchmedia, the city-based in-taxi interactive media company, 28.05 percent of the 122,420 passengers taking part chose 7, the highest score.

Around 14 percent chose the score of 6, while 21 percent rated their happiness at 6 and 5 respectively.

At the opposite end of the scale, about 11 percent passengers selected 1 and the smallest group, 5.9 percent, opted for 2.

When asked about the factors contributing to a sense of happiness, high income and good health were the most popular, each chosen by more than 30 percent.

A harmonious family life and comfortable living environment polled 29.7 percent and 17.3 percent of the vote respectively.

Local resident Sherry Zhao said she would rate at 6 her feelings of happiness, as everything is fine in her life.

She said she enjoys the city's business atmosphere and its historic and cultural flavor most.

Alex Zhang, a 25-year-old bank clerk, gave a had a negative answer, although he felt satisfied with his job, income and health. "I have worries, such as work pressure and my parents' growing old."

Zhang said talking in the Shanghai dialect with his friends makes him happy.

And he praised the city's convenient transport network, although he was concerned about rising taxi charges.


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