Money Or Religion: Which Would Lead You To True Happiness?
Millions across the world consider money as a key to happiness.
Money provides access to good things of life and therefore improved standard of living.
However, in a world saturated by poverty, millions still find happiness without a penny in their pockets.
In Sub-Saharan Africa for instance, there is widespread poverty, but this hasn’t caused sounds of laughter to totally disappear.
These millions, who live below poverty line, find content and happiness in themselves, communities, friends and sometimes .
But which cuts it for you?
Would your laughter still ring loudly if you had no education or a bank account? The Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia holds an answer that may surprise you.
In this nation, millions are happy but not because of their bank account but religion.
A new survey by the Varkey surprisingly found that 93% of young Indonesians believe that religious faith is important to happiness, far above the world's average at 45.3%.
This figure bucks the global trend as another survey by Deloitte found more than half of global youth believe religious leaders brought a negative impact to the world.
Varkey’s survey last year found Indonesians were the happiest, scoring 90% on the net happiness score, with world's average at mere 59.35%.
The Generation Z: Global Citizenship Survey by Varkey involved 20,000 young people in 20 countries.
Generation Z refers to those born between 1995 and 2001, the post-millennial generation.
Among others, Indonesia also had the highest level of emotional well-being at 40%, with world's average at 29.95%.
Young Indonesians did not think about problems too much, did not feel anxious, bullied, lonely, or unloved.
A separate survey finds that global millennials are skeptical toward religious leaders.
2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey reported that 52% millennials stated that religious or faith leaders brought negative impact on the world, with only 33% saying otherwise.
More millennials believed that NGO leaders and business leaders have positive impact, at 59% and 44% respectively.
Millennials were particularly skeptical toward political leaders, with a staggering 71% believing that they brought negative impact, contrary to 19% who thought otherwise.
This is despite views among millennials that corporate and business leaders are more interested in pursuing their own agenda and making money than helping society or doing business ethically.
Deloitte questioned 10,455 millennials across 36 countries and 1,844 Gen Z in six countries.
No member from Indonesia's Gen Z was questioned in the Deloitte survey.
Millennials in the Deloitte survey refer to those born between 1983 and 1994, while Gen Z includes those born between 1995 and 1999.
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