August 6, 2011

THAILAND: Happiness index for Thais drops

BANGKOK, Thailand / The Nation / National News / August 6, 2011

The so-called Gross Domestic Happiness Index among Thais is dropping due to worries over a sluggish economy, political turmoil and natural disaster, according to an Abac poll released yesterday

The study conducted between July 20 and August 4 among 3,028 people living in 17 provinces showed that the index had dropped to 6.8 out of 10 points from the previous 7.55 points. The respondents said they were troubled by several negative factors in their lives.

The problems they mentioned were political instability, power play among government officials, economic downturn, rising cost of living, flooding and other natural disasters as well as poor infrastructure.

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