Majority of Poles content with their lives - CBOS

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A Thursday-published report by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CBOS) titled Psychological Wellbeing in 2019 shows that the majority of Poles were content with the way their lives were progressing throughout last year.

The CBOS report shows that in 2019, 64 pct of Poles said that they regularly or very regularly felt that everything in their lives was going well. Sixty-one percent said that they felt they had succeeded in something in life. Over half of those interviewed, 57 percent, said that they were proud of their achievements on numerous occasions, and almost every second person said that they had been particularly interested in or excited by something over the past year.

In terms of negative emotions, 38 percent declared that they had experienced irritability or aggravation during 2019, while 31 pct claimed that on a number of occasions they had felt disregarded by the authorities. Of those surveyed, 25 pct said that they frequently felt discouraged or weary, and more than a fifth (22 pct) said they felt helpless. A far lower number of respondents reported feeling enraged (14 pct), depressed or unhappy (14 pct). One percent also said that they had experienced suicidal thoughts.

The CBOS report noted that those who felt best about themselves were respondents under the age of 35 and those pleased with their financial situation.

The Psychological Wellbeing in 2019 report was carried out between 28 November and 5 December 2019 using direct interviews (face-to-face) with respondents and aided by the Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) method on a random sample of 910 adult Poles.