ghent - Almost half (46 percent) of the Belgians feel lonely. This is evident from new figures from the National Happiness Study by insurer NN and university UGent about the impact of social relations on the gross national happiness of the Belgians.
Loneliness is a problem, particularly among young adults between 20 and 34 years (54.5 percent) and 35-50-year-olds (53 percent). The researchers call on the national party presidents to make the fight against loneliness and working on qualitative relations a priority in the elections in October.
The results come from a representative sample of 1600 Belgians. According to the researchers, people who commit themselves to an association or a club, do voluntary work or participate monthly in cultural activities, feel happier.
'Invest in social and cultural activities where people can come together and engage in courageous volunteering,' says economist Lieven Annemans to the cities and municipalities.
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