Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-11-25 13:16:29 –
((((KTVX) – What makes life meaningful to people? Is it money or material wealth? Or can you travel or work? A Pew Research Center study notes that people living in 17 “developed countries” say they make their lives meaningful.
The study surveyed approximately 19,000 adults in Canada, Belgium, Spain, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, France, Sweden, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States.
Researchers in the study have found that the main thing people say makes life meaningful to them is the family. Participants from 14 of the 17 countries said their families made their lives more meaningful than any other factor.
“People who emphasize relationships with parents, siblings, children and grandchildren have a fulfilling time with their relatives, the pride of their relatives’ achievements, and even the desire to live an improved world for their grandchildren. I also mention it frequently, “says a report from Pew Research.
More than half of US respondents said families are the source of meaning in their lives. According to Pew’s research, work was considered one of the top three meaningful sources of life. The family was at the top, the second and third were work and material well-being.
However, the emphasis on work as a source of meaning in life varied from country to country. In Italy, 43% of the surveyed respondents said that work gives meaning to life, while in South Korea, only 6% said work is the source of meaning in life.
The three things that participants said made life meaningful were retirement, faith and religion, and pets.
In the United States, the ranking of things that make life meaningful to the people surveyed was family, friends, material well-being, profession, and faith.
American respondents also cited spirituality and faith as a more meaningful source of life than any other country surveyed. Fifteen percent of Americans cited religion, followed by New Zealand at 5%. Only in Japan, respondents did not find any religion or spirituality as meaningful.
Health was something else that respondents said was meaningful in their lives. However, despite the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, respondents are “less likely to mention COVID-19 than those who do not prioritize health,” the study said. Still, some respondents said they were grateful for their health because of the pandemic.
Age also influenced what some people found more meaningful in their studies than others. The young people surveyed tended to focus on friends, education, and hobbies, making life meaningful, as opposed to older people who tended to refer to retirement and health instead.
Men and women were fairly equal in what made their lives meaningful. However, women, rather than men, refer to families as a factor that makes life more meaningful. Similarly, well-educated and high-income people were more likely to refer to their families than low-educated and low-income people.
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