Indian urban youth are a happy lot

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Happiness is a state of mind. The CNN-IBN-Hindustan Times survey findings show that the state of the mind of the Indian urban youth is fairly robust.

Less than 5 percent of young Indians consider themselves unhappy.

The Indian youth want to be happy and rich. About three quarters, 74.6 percent are happy and another 20.7 percent of them are neither happy nor unhappy. The proportions of happy youth are more or less invariant across age, gender and occupation status.

People in Jaipur seem to be the happiest.  About 91 percent of the people in Jaipur claim to be very happy. Mumbai comes second where 89.5 percent Mumbaikars claim to be very happy. Guwahati fares the worst where only 43.5 percent of the people claim to be happy.

However, there was significant town-wise variation on the happiness quotient:

– Very happy towns (where 85 percent of the people said they were very happy): Mumbai, Jaipur, Ludhiana.

– Happy towns (60-85 percent of the people said they were very happy): Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Indore, Lucknow, Patna, Pune, Ranchi

– Unhappy towns/neutral towns: 40 percent to 60 percent of the people said they were very happy in Bhuwaneshwar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, and Kochi

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