Move over Disneyland, according to statistics the happiest place, or city, is Sherbrooke.
In a study released by the Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS) Monday, data for 70,000 Canadians from Statistics Canada’s Community Health Survey was used to examine Canadians’ overall satisfaction. The findings discovered that on a whole Canadians seem happy, with 92.1 per cent reporting they were satisfied or very satisfied with their lives in 2009.
Based on a scale of 1 to 5, our happiness seems to have altered little over the years but interestingly the results also revealed that things like household income levels do not factor much into the population’s level of happiness. When Canadians are working, and have a positive health and mental health status, they are at their happiest. But high levels of stress, isolation and unemployment have the most negative impact on satisfaction.
The satisfaction index also determined that geography plays into things, and Sherbrooke was found to be the happiest city (4.37) while Toronto, Ontario, was not as joyful (4.15). Prince Edward Island earned the top provincial nod with 4.33 while Ontario hit the bottom of the scale (4.23).
Original article on http://www.sherbrookerecord.com/content/view/571594/1/ by Corrinna Pole