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“What makes Singaporeans happy?” and “What do Singaporeans value most in life?” are the two questions local researchers asked and discussed to unravel the complex spectrum of hopes and aspirations Singaporeans have. The purpose is to achieve an accurate finding on where we stand in the Happiness Index and on our well-being.

Ranked 25th in the World Happiness Report most recently, further studies and more detailed surveys contradicted this. Two findings by international polling from Gallup, have raised eyebrows about the dismal picture painted of Singaporeans. Gallup deemed Singaporeans the people with the least positive emotions, trailing in at 109 out of 148 countries. When asked a series of questions such as how they felt the day before, whether they were well-rested or treated with respect, whether they had smiled or laughed a lot and learnt something interesting, less than half of Singaporean respondents said yes to all five questions, compared with more than 80 per cent of respondents in Latin American countries which topped the list.

More disturbingly, Gallup labelled Singaporeans the most emotionless in the world.

A survey of 1,500 Singaporean citizens found that Singaporean’s happiness and enjoyment levels have fallen since 2006 - a phenomenon seen in other developed countries as well; where happiness levels tend to stagnate after a point or even decline, even as national wealth and economic growth continue to rise.

Evidently, money does not always buy happiness.

Singaporeans are found to have high expectations. Their achievements have merely met their expectations hence causing the unhappiness. Another possible reason is that there is an insecurity that they could lose it all if they do not relentlessly strive and compete, hence like "moving goal posts", there’s always a "sense of never being able to feel that they have arrived”, suggests a study expert. A UN report notes the culture of consumerism being a plausible cause where there is a need to consistently keep up with the masses and advertising that constantly creates new wants.

“Pursuing goals can be stressful, which means achievement sometimes comes at the cost of happiness.”

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