In a press conference held on 17 April, Lingnan University’s Centre for Public Policy Studies released the results of the Children’s Happiness Index Survey, showing that the 2014 overall Children’s Happiness Index dropped noticeably to 6.74 (on a scale of 0 to 10) from 7.23 in 2013. This is the lowest on record since the survey commenced in 2012 when the Index was tracked at 6.91. Drop in happiness has been recorded for children of all school grades and age groups.
One important finding of the survey is that “life education” has an unambiguous positive effect on children’s happiness. Children who very much agree that their schools offer life education command an average Happiness Index of 7.48. This is significantly higher than the average of 5.19 for those who disagree with that, and the average of 6.29 for those who agree to it “half-half”. About 27% of the responding children, most of them from primary schools, very much agree that their schools offer “life education”.
The survey was commissioned by the Hong Kong Early Childhood Development Research Foundation and conducted with the assistance of the Public Governance Programme of Lingnan University. Details of the survey results can be found at http://www.ln.edu.hk/news/20150417/childrens_happiness_index_2014