On May 24, the Cabinet Office released the findings of its Survey on Life Satisfaction. Asked to rate their life satisfaction on an 11-grade scale ranging from 0 to 10, the average score for those age 60 through 89 was 6.36 points, making this the age group that indicated the highest level of life satisfaction. The lowest score was 5.41 points and was given by those age 45 to 59. By gender, the score for men was 5.67 points and that for women 5.90 points.
Life satisfaction increased with a rise in income in the annual household income bracket from 20 million yen to 30 million yen (6.84 points). Life satisfaction declined gradually by income bracket after that.
It was found that the more people one has to depend on, the more one is satisfied with life. According to the survey, those with no one to depend on had a life satisfaction of 4.00 points while those with “30 or more people” to depend on had a life satisfaction of 7.78 points.
There was also a trend for life satisfaction to increase with the frequency of participation in volunteer activities. The Cabinet Office official in charge of the survey analyzed the findings as follows: “The survey found the trend that the stronger a person’s ties with society are, the higher the person’s life satisfaction.”
This is the first time the survey has been conducted. It was conducted via the Internet in January and February this year targeting men and women aged 15 to 89. A total of 10,293 responses were received.