31 March, 2016
The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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According to the results of the 2015 Hong Kong Children’s Happiness Index Survey released by Lingnan University’s Centre for Public Policy Studies on 30 March, the overall Children’s Happiness Index in 2015 dropped noticeably to 6.49 (on a scale of 0 to 10) from 6.74 in 2014.

This is the second consecutive year the Index showed a decline, hitting the lowest on record since the survey commenced in 2012 when the Index stood at 6.91. The sharp decline in the Index in 2015 suggests that Hong Kong children are probably indirectly influenced by the tense socio-political atmosphere in recent years, in addition to heightened pressures from studies.

One important finding is that “life education” has unambiguous positive effect on children’s happiness. Children who very much agreed their schools offer “life education” command an average happiness of 7.33, which is significantly higher than the average of 3.91 for those who very much disagreed.

For details of research findings, please visit: http://www.ln.edu.hk/news/20160330/Children_Happiness_Index_2015