Lithuanians’ happiness levels depend on holidays and Rūta Meilutytė

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DELFI, Photo by A. Didžgalvis

DELFI, Photo by A. Didžgalvis

The happiest town in Lithuania in July was Utena, while the status of the saddest town was given to Marijampolė – these are the results of the first month’s data of ‘Happiness Barometer’, writes

The results have demonstrated that not only long weekends and holidays improve Lithuanians’ mood. The ‘Happiness Barometer’, during the first month of it existence, measured the happiness levels of more than 16,000 people in Lithuania and abroad. People from Utena proved to be happiest in Lithuania, while people living in Marojampolė people demonstrated more sombre moods.

The average level of happiness in Vilnius in July stood at 6.5, which is somewhat higher than  during the first week, when barometer showed 6.1 points.

The highest level of happiness was registered in July during King Mindaugas Statehood Day weekend. At that time happiness index rose to 9 – 10 marks in Kaunas, Klaipėda and Šiauliai.

The residents of Klaipėda were the happiest on weekends. Meanwhile, in the end of July, (30- 31 July), when Rūta Meilutytė became the world champion, the level of happiness in Vilnius increased up to 7.2 points. Other cities did not react to Rūta’s triumph.

Rūta Meilutytė | DELFI, Photo by K. Čachovskis

Rūta Meilutytė | DELFI, Photo by K. Čachovskis

Foreign media, auch as CNN Travel, Reuters, China Daily, Times and other media, have extensively covered the launch of the ‘Happiness Barometer’. The report prepared by Reuters television was shown in many countries around the world, including the US, China, Ukraine and others. The organisers of the project report that the information on ‘Happiness barometer’ reached 35 countries in the world.

Among the world’s cities the happiest in July turned out to be Rio de Janeiro, the saddest appeared to be Cairo, Casablanca and Kinshasa.

During the launch of ‘Happiness barometer’ in Lithuania, the psychiatrist Aušra Deksnytė said that even 6 points out of 10 was a good result for Lithuania, as the country usually ends up in the bottom of the list as compared to other countries.

“Economy is not the main factor affecting a person’s happiness. The index of happiness  is determined by a person’s physical and psychological well-being; first of all, it is the family and health,” said Deksnytė.

According to the psychiatrist, each person need to learn to live in the present. Often people tend to drown in the past and constantly worry about the future. She also added that it is important to smile more often as it influences also the people around us.

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