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HK ranks 120th out of 145 in global well-being index

The well-being of Hong Kong residents rates among the worst in the world, according to a survey conducted by consulting firm Gallup.

The 2014 Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index ranked Hong Kong 120th out of 145 countries and regions surveyed.

The index is composed of five elements of well-being – physical, social, financial, community and purpose. More than 146,000 people aged 15 and above were surveyed. Each of them was asked to say how much they agreed with the following statements:

Purpose:  You like what you do every day;  You learn or do something interesting every day.

Social: Someone in your life always encourages you to be healthy;  Your friends and family give you positive energy every day.

Financial:  You have enough money to do everything you want to do;  In the last seven days, you have worried about money.

Community:  The city or area where you live is a perfect place for you;  In the last 12 months, you have received recognition for helping to improve the city or area where you live.

Physical:  In the last seven days, you have felt active and productive every day;  Your physical health is near-perfect.

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The 2014 Global Well-being Map. Photo: Gallup-Healthways

Panama, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico were the top three countries in overall well-being with 53%, 47.6% and 45.8% of their residents thriving respectively.  Americas including northern and southern American countries scored high on the list while Asian countries were generally on the low end.

Only 8.6% of Hong Kong residents are thriving overall. In terms of financial well-being, HK is no.23. In terms of purpose, social, community and physical well-being, HK is no. 140, no. 134, no. 108 and no. 140 respectively.

Singapore beats HK in all five areas, scoring no. 9 in financial well-being and no. 97 in overall well-being.

South Korea is no. 117, Taiwan no. 59, the US no. 23, and China no. 127. Afghanistan tails the list with 0% of residents thriving.

HK ranks 120th out of 145 in global well-being index