83% of Russians said they consider themselves happy, said the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion. The results of the study are given by TASS.

VTsIOM polled in mid-March two thousand citizens of Russia at the age of 18 years. It turned out that the main factors of the happy life of Russians are the family (30%) and children (13%). Another 16% called good health of themselves and their relatives a guarantee of happiness, 14% – a good job.

At the same time, 40% of respondents noted that happy people are also in their environment. Dissatisfaction with their lives is most often associated with a lack of money for Russians – this was stated by 7%.

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Working but poor

The largest number of happy people has traditionally been recorded among young people (87% among 18-24-year-olds) and people with high incomes (96%). Older people consider themselves luckier less often: 79% among 60-year-olds and older. Even less happy among the needy – 58%.

The indicators are almost identical to the data published a year earlier: at that time it was reported that the number of happy Russians had reached a historic high in sociological research since 1990 – 85%. The main indicators of happiness in 2017, as now, were named family, children and good health.

Researchers note that a high index of happiness is a regularity. Director of the Center for Social and Economic Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences Oleg Chernozub said that this is due to the fact that Russians began to smoke less, drink and watch TV, spend more time with children, in parks and stadiums, read and go to the theater.

At the end of April, the Ministry of Health said that in Russia the number of smokers decreased by one third, while men are more likely to refuse a bad habit. Women became victims of marketing, promoting subtle cigarettes with flavor additives. Now men smoke 45%, among women – 15%.

In the spring of 2017, the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) found out that Russians consider people with incomes below 15.5 thousand rubles a month per family member to be poor, this amount was equal to 11 thousand two years earlier.

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