The priorities of Indian youth – work, good career and a position with high status. They are the world’s happiest lot with career being their top priority. Young middle-class Indians are the happiest people of all and much more satisfied with all aspects of their lives compared to other nationalities.

This was revealed by a new global survey carried out by Swedish research and consulting firm Kairos Future.

The survey also said that work comes as top priority for Indian youth, followed by a good career and higher-status. In contrast, for those in Europe, a good living environment comes on top and above all work-related aspects.

“Indian youth are also strikingly more optimistic about their own future and also about the future of society. The general picture in other countries is that young people tend to be personal optimists but societal pessimists,” PTI quoted Kairos Future Group CEO and founder Mats Lindgren as saying.

However, the study found that even though family is a strong focal point in the Indian society, youths showed little interest in having a family and children of their own.

The survey said that the Indian youth believes that there are many other important aspects than having a family and children.

“Indians are focused on their careers and are much more status-oriented than youth in Europe.”

Over 50 per cent of the young Indians are with themselves in comparison with ‘pessimists’ such as Japanese or Germans, where only 17 per cent and 27 per cent are very satisfied with their lives, the survey reported.

The study included over 22,000 replies from 16-29 year old and 30-50 year old people spread across 17 countries in Europe, North America and Asia.

It was aimed at providing strategic information concerning future consumers and employees to authorities, companies and organisations.