Majority of Israelis pleased with their lives, ultra-Orthodox the happiest

The majority of Israelis are satisfied with their lives, a study has found, while ultra-Orthodox Jews experience the least stress, loneliness, depression and worry.

By: World Israel News Staff

The vast majority of Israelis live satisfying lives, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

The CBS last week published the findings of an encompassing study on Israeli society, which included questions on the population’s wellbeing and self-definition as expressed by different segments of society.

According to the findings, ultra-Orthodox Jews experience the least stress, loneliness, depression and worries. They feel more invigorated than the non-religious.

Overall, 89.9 percent of Israeli Jews over the age of 20 expressed satisfaction with their lives, as well as 80.7 percent of Arabs in Israel.

A majority of 85 percent of Israeli Jews and 89 percent of Israeli Arabs feel safe in the Jewish state.

These findings are consistent with those of the World Happiness Report, which in January ranked Israel as the 11th-happiest country in the world in 2017

This was the fifth consecutive year that Israel received this high ranking, after reaching 14th place in the first report in 2012. Israel came out ahead of the US, Germany, Japan, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Britain, Brazil, France and Mexico.

The “World Happiness Report” is a survey of 155 countries about the state of global happiness. The happiness scale measures factors including gross domestic product per person, life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity, perceptions of corruption and social support.