The State of Happiness Study: So what makes the average Singaporean happy?

The State of Happiness study (Photo by Ng Shi Wen)

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How happy are Singaporeans? Or what makes a Singaporean happy? Local social enterprise the Happiness Initiative ( sought to answer these questions through its 2021 State of Happiness Study. Here’s what they found. With psychological and social factors, Singaporeans who have purpose, grit, and social support are happier on average. And with socio-demographic factors, those with lower household income and those who identified as bisexual or homosexual report lower life evaluation. These findings may not be surprising to some, and so we put these questions to co-founder Simon Leow, who details the study methodology and the broader implications of the findings. We also discuss some limitations.

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This episode is part of the “Making Research Sense” series of the podcast’s fifth season ( The feature photo is by Ng Shi Wen.

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