The happiness level has remained ‘consistently high’ since 2015, a national research center says
FILE PHOTO: People walk at Red Square decorated for the upcoming New Year and Christmas holiday season, in Moscow, Russia. © Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov
More than 80% of Russians consider themselves as generally “happy,” the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) reported on Monday, noting that the high happiness figures correlated with low levels of depression reported in another recent survey.
The study found that since 2015, the level of happiness has remained “consistently high,” with the share of those describing themselves as totally happy having not fallen below 30%.
According to the VCIOM survey, 81% of those asked described themselves as happy to some degree, with 37% considering themselves “definitely happy” and 44% “somewhat happy.”
By comparison, nine years ago, only a quarter of respondents were “definitely” happy, and ten years ago, only one in five said the same.
“In other words, no negative external factors during this period have managed to break Russians and make them unhappy,” the research center said.