Happy Ali recently covered World Happiness Day on March 20 and its theme happiness for all, forever. We looked at the importance of the day itself and 10 ways to work towards achieving happiness. In a new study conducted by Yubo – the social networking app that helps people meet other people – we look at the specifics of what makes Gen Zs (13-25-year-olds) happy and what concerns them the most.
Let’s take a closer look at what they found…
What makes Gen Zs happy?
48.5% of Gen Z Aussies feel their happiest when they’re surrounded by friends or family. This is especially significant given the current climate we find ourselves in. Even though we can access this form of connection from the palm of our hands, nothing feels better than the connection we get with our loved ones. So, stay close to them and keep in contact, they’re relationship and support is key to our wellbeing.
Closely behind is reading, music and podcasts, which 33.1% saw as a huge factor. When you’re not surrounded by friends and family, take some time to chill with a book, some music or a podcast. Regularly do this in your downtimes to keep your spirits up and your mind relaxed.
So, what are their top concerns when it comes to happiness?
Nearly two-thirds of the responses suggested that social media had a major impact on their perceptions of happiness. Why? Because social media can set expectations of what happiness should look like – expectations that are often superficial and unattainable. Be mindful of how much time you spend on these platforms as they can ultimately be harmful. Don’t let other peoples’ lives change how you think yours should be led.
The major concerns include:
- mental health (69.9%)
- school, work, career path (64%)
- friendships and relationships (60.3%)
- loneliness/being left out (57.2%)
Two in three also claimed that they felt pressured to feel happy, or at least make it seem like they’re happy. This doesn’t necessarily stem from external pressures, in fact, half the time it comes from within.
Yubo’s findings have shown that Gen Zs’ happiness and concerns are closely connected. This is because what hurts Gen Zs’ happiness can be worked on by a simple change of focus. Place an emphasis on the things that make you happy and ultimately the things that matter the most to you in your life and expect changes for the better!