2011 - 2012 Happiness Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information on self-reported happiness in the past month among residents aged 12 and over in Halton Region and Ontario.

Background

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” The WHO constitution emphasizes positive mental health in their definition of health stating “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Regular feelings of happiness can contribute to an individual’s overall state of positive mental health. For more information on programs and resources supporting positive mental health in Halton, visit Halton Region’s Mental Health webpage.

This health indicator report uses data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

Key Findings

Overall Findings

  • In 2011/12, 81% of Halton residents and 79% of Ontario residents reported feeling happy every day or almost every day in the past month. This difference was not statistically significant.

Sex

  • In 2011/12, there was no statistically significant difference by sex in the percentage of Halton residents who reported feeling happy every day or almost every day in the past month.

Age

  • In 2011/12, residents aged 12 to 17 were more likely to report feeling happy every day or almost every day in the past month compared to residents aged 25 and over. However, these differences were not statistically significant.

Municipality

  • In 2011/12, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton residents who reported feeling happy every day or almost every day in the past month.

Income

  • In 2011/12, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percentage of Halton residents who reported feeling happy every day or almost every day in the past month.

Education

  • In 2011/12, there was no statistically significant difference by education in the percentage of Halton residents who reported feeling happy every day or almost every day in the past month.