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Nearly all Israelis say that they are ‘pleased with their lives’

By Mason White 2:33 PM August 19, 2014
Happy Israeli immigrants 

By: Ze’ev Ben-Yechiel
A recent survey has revealed that nearly all Israelis are “pleased with their lives,” the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Despite continued security and economic stressors in Israel, the majority of Israelis are satisfied with their lives, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

86% of Israelis, or about 4.3 million citizens, reported that they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their lives, while only 14% reported that they were unsatisfied.

The survey on the personal well-being of Israel’s citizens was conducted throughout 2013, based on responses from 4,700 residents aged 20 and over.

According to the findings, 53% of respondents, corresponding to some 2.6 million Israelis, were satisfied with their financial state. This represents a drop of 3% from the previous year, with men slightly more satisfied with their finances than women.

39% of respondents said that they expected their financial state to improve. In addition, 65% said that they were able to cover their monthly household expenses.

27% of respondents reported feeling constant or frequent stress, and 19% percent said that their sleep is always or frequently affected by worry. The survey found that an additional 34% experienced sleeping problems “frequently” or “sometimes.”

Despite this, 39% percent responded that they always or often felt full of energy, while an equal number said that they felt energetic “sometimes” or “occasionally.”

An aggressive culture is a concern for Eitan Divinsky, a returning immigrant. He added that financial concerns, as well as having his family overseas, were also significant sources of stress.

However, Divinsky rated his overall life satisfaction in Israel as 9 out of 10. He noted that one of the factors contributing to his positive outlook was the mutual support and unity that he feels among people here. “I love living on my own land, in a place that I can call mine,” he added.