30 Jun '15, 10am

Rich but feeling empty, exhausted and alienated

Wealth does not buy happiness. The state of Singapore society today is perhaps proof of this adage. A newly-released joint study by Gallup and Healthways is a wake-up call to anyone who still thinks that prioritising economic growth is the master key to happiness. Especially coming, as it does in Singapore’s case, with a widening income gap and a shrinking space for self-actualisation (rights and freedoms) such prioritisation only increases tension, stress and conflict. Quality of life diminishes. Out of 145 countries surveyed, Singapore ranked a miserable 97th. An estimated 146,000 phone and face-to-face interviews with adults (aged 15 and older) across 145 countries and areas were conducted between 1 January and 31 December 2014. The index is built up from ten questions, grouped into five elements of well-being : Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated t...

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