The Filipino people, according to the study, have a happiness level of 83%, while India is next with 81%, China (80%), Thailand (78%), Malaysia (77%) and Singapore (69%), Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) the authors of the study have dubbed this study as “The Next Normal: An Unprecedented Look at Millennials Worldwide.”
And what were the factors that decided that the Filipino millenials were the happiest?
The number one factor contributing to the millennials happiness was family. The survey said that this generation of Filipino’s thrives on their interpersonal relationships with the family being the driving force their happy and stress-free lives.
Friendships have also played a huge part on their happiness because on average each Gen Y’er has 200 online contacts considered as friends even though they have not met in person.
The millennials have achieved this lofty position despite having the same challenges that much of the rest of the world faces.
This survey revealed that the economy was the number one factor affecting the millennial generation because almost 70 percent have connections to the global economy and rely on it or their income.
Filipinos have maintained an optimistic outlook; choosing to look at the brighter side even though 49 percent of millennials in this survey believe that job security will continue to get worse. This same survey found that a large majority would take the minimum wage rather than not have a job at all.
All of these findings support what positive psychologist have concluded, that is, that strong relationships play a more important role in experiencing happiness that does economics.
For the Filipino millennial the potential to change “the world for the better” is also a big part of the equation. Generation Y also believes that it’s better to have a “we” mentality as opposed to a “me” mindset. In fact, globally most (over 90%) believe that it’s their duty to treat all people with respect, regardless of race, gender, religion, political viewpoint or sexual orientation.