Happy people (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Emanuele Spies) - Credit: Happy people (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Emanuele Spies)
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 08:20
Dutch people generally happy; Women find more meaning
People in the Netherlands are generally a happy folk, with 85 percent being satisfied with their lives. Men experience more positive emotions about their lives, while women find life more meaningful. This is according to Statistics Netherlands' study Welfare in the Netherlands, which was published on Monday. Statistics Netherlands measured the Dutch population's overall subjective well-being by taking into account satisfaction with life, positive and negative emotions and how meaningful the people find their lives. Men experience calmness, peace and happiness more often than women. The largest difference between the genders is in calmness - 72 percent of men are almost always calm, compared to 61 percent of the women. Women deal more with negative emotions, they more often feel very nervous, gloomy and as if they are stuck at rock bottom, than men. On the other hand, women find the things they do in life more meaningful than men - 91 percent of women indicated that they find their lives meaningful, compared to 87 percent of men. The statistics office found that men more often experience a high overall well being than women. More than half of men experience a high well-being, compared to about 40 percent of women. Women are more likely to experience a moderate feeling of well-being, 55 percent of women and 46 percent of men. A very small group of 3 to 4 percent experience a low overall well-being.