Financial analyst finds new route to happiness - as a bus driver with KMB

Former financial analyst Gary Leung, who switched careers to become a driver for KMB and now plies the 296M route. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A successful financial analyst has set off on a new route to happiness - as a bus driver. Gary Leung Ling-yin, 26, decided to switch careers after realising money and luxury no longer represented a fulfilled life.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 8:18am 3 comments

Housing and holidays bring smiles

Housing and holidays bring smiles

The city's happiness level, as measured by an annual survey, dropped to the level in 2008, the year of the global financial crisis. And the least happy are those in the "sandwich class", whose incomes exclude them from government help without offering them financial comfort.

30 Apr 2013 - 3:53am

The misery of Hong Kong's wealth gap

While our collective wealth is improving, the ever-widening wealth gap has become a source of social tensions. Photo: EPA

Hong Kong people are a miserable lot. According to the misery index constructed by Shue Yan University's Economic and Wellbeing Project, seven in 10 Hongkongers say they are living in misery.

30 Mar 2013 - 3:30am 1 comment

Talking points

Tana Umaga

Deputy Foreign Ministers Zhai Jun and Cheng Guoping brief the media on Xi Jinping's first overseas trip as president, to Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo, later this week. Energy from Russia, business with Africa and the five leading emerging economies' summit will be key factors.

14 Feb 2014 - 7:11pm

Book review: The Myths of Happiness, by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Book review: The Myths of Happiness, by Sonja Lyubomirsky

This book on everyday psychology is refreshing because it goes against the fashion for woolly thinking to argue that sustained rational thought is the best method to discover the solutions to problems arising from marriage, children and work.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:46pm

New South Korean president Park vows to make people happy

Rapper Psy performs at the inauguration. Photo: Reuters

Following a jaunty ceremony featuring a 21-gun salute, folk dancers and Gangnam Style star Psy, Park Geun-hye, who was sworn in on Friday as president of South Korea, made a revolutionary promise - to make her workaholic, ultra-competitive, ultra-stressed people happy.

26 Feb 2013 - 2:59am

The puzzle of China's growing wealth and falling happiness

Despite a pace of growth unprecedented in history, urban Chinese rate themselves no happier today than they did 20 years ago.

Economics is well named the dismal science. Only a bunch of real misery-guts could quarrel quite so intensely about happiness. According to one cohort, happiness - or life satisfaction, or subjective well-being as economists prefer to call it - goes hand in hand with material wealth.

21 Feb 2013 - 6:07am 2 comments

Battle over whether money really can buy you happiness

A time to wish for an abundance of happiness. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong is a world leader in economic wealth but does higher GDP mean anything when it comes to general satisfaction with life?

8 Feb 2013 - 2:19am 5 comments

Singapore, Hong Kong face happiness deficit

People take the escalator to a Singaporean casino. The race for an ever-higher rung on the social ladder has bred jealousy and stress among citizens, observers say. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong and Singapore are rivals on many fronts. The two former British colonies compete for everything from tourist dollars to stockmarket listings and the right to host the regional headquarters of international corporations.

19 Jan 2013 - 6:28am 20 comments

Letters to the Editor, December 29, 2012

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

Property tax can stamp out 'dirty dealings'

I refer to the report ("Sparks fly in talks on new taxes", December 22).

It is evident that major property developers' old ways of enabling redevelopment projects will no longer work.

29 Dec 2012 - 1:45am

Singaporeans more unhappy than Afghans, Iraqis

Pedestrians walk near Raffles Place in Singapore. Photo: AFP

Afghans and Iraqis have been traumatised by years of war but the people of super-rich Singapore are even more miserable, coming dead last in a Gallup ranking of “positive emotions” around the world.

21 Dec 2012 - 6:37pm

More than HK$40,000 a month in Hong Kong to be happy

Discontent is widespread in Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang

Middle-class people earning less than HK$40,000 a month are the least satisfied with their lot, according to an annual "happiness" index. But Hongkongers as a whole are less happy this year - with the index slipping from 71.3 last year to 70.5, the Lingnan University survey found.

13 Dec 2012 - 4:08am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, December 8, 2012

Our tycoons should emulate Bill Gates. Photo: Bloomberg

Recently, people have been having very heated discussions about the unauthorised building works at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's houses.

8 Dec 2012 - 2:37am 1 comment

Ask Melanie: How to maximise pleasure without emptying your pockets

A less expensive gift now might allow for another valued treat later. Photo: AFP

Christmas and Lunar New Year are a blowout season for me: eating, drinking, presents, and an expensive pilgrimage to family overseas. My bonus has paid off overindulgence in previous years, but that and job security are shakier now. Any tips on trimming festive season edges without giving up too much on lifestyle and goodies?

10 Dec 2012 - 2:28am

Happiness survey shows achieving it costs more in Hong Kong

Photo: Bloomberg

Money can't buy happiness, so the saying goes. Yet people around the world remain obsessed with wealth and making money, so much so that the dollar sign is regarded by many as the equivalent of happiness. Hongkongers are no exception. Not only do they think they can buy their way to happiness, many believe that the more money they have, the happier they will be.

27 Nov 2012 - 4:34am