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55+ Happiest People In Canada (Discover why)

— by Live your retirement in News and Trends, Senior Living

Canadians are happier after age 55, and money is not a key factor affecting their happiness. 

According to a Leger Canadian Happiness Index report in 2019, people above the age of fifty-five are the groups recorded to be the happiest. The survey asked Canadians across the country to rate their happiness level on a scale of one to 10 and noted the factors influencing their happiness the most.

The Age Survey

The Leger surveyed a total of 3,540 people from different provinces across the country and asked them to rate their happiness on a scale from 1 to 10 with one being the least happy and ten being the happiest. 

Only 44 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 to 54 rated their happiness between the scales of eight to ten. On the other hand, the figure rose to 61 percent when the surveyed groups were above the age of 55.

The Geographical Survey

The Leger Happiness Index survey was held across different provinces of Canada, and the results were almost similar. 

The citizens of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland rated their happiness as 7.5 out of 10. The residents of Quebec and the Prince Edward Islands rated their happiness as 7.4 out of 10. 

British Columbians and Saskatchewan residents rated their overall happiness as 7.3 out of 10. Manitoba rated the level of their happiness as 7.2 out of 10, and they were closely followed by Alberta and Ontario who said they were 7.1 times happy out of 10. 

The Gender Survey

The survey also studied the happiness index between genders, and the results were relatively the same. The survey suggests that men and women in Canada are equally happy. 

Fifty-one percent of women rated their happiness between eight and ten. Whereas, 50 percent of surveyed men said they would rate their overall happiness between the scales of eight to ten.

Things that make older people happier

The survey suggested many reasons for the higher happiness index in people over the age of 55. The number one reason recorded to be the highest driver of happiness among older people was their sense of freedom. 

Secondly, older people suggested that they were living their lives in a way they always anticipated, which as another reason for their happiness. 

Personal finances, romantic relationships, their current state of health, and recognition from their family and friends were other recorded reasons for them being happier. 

The freedom from responsibilities and living a life they anticipated after retirement is among the most significant drivers of happiness among older Canadians. 

The survey suggests that after an individual has lived a life fulfilling their responsibilities, running daily chores, providing for the family, and raising children, they feel happier and independent when they move into a retirement home.


While less than half of the population below the age of 55 would consider themselves happy, more than sixty percent above 55 feel happy because their present and future needs are being taken care of by retirement homes. 

Financial freedom and worry-free lifestyle provided at senior living communities create a sense of satisfaction and happiness among older people.

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