In a recent survey published in this week’s Elle magazine, and conducted by the same agency that correctly predicted the mid-term French elections last week, Frenchwomen told us what makes them feel happy and fulfilled.
Entitled, Le Bonheur à La Française, this is what they said:
What is essential to your happiness?
91% their children
63% their family — parents, brothers and sisters
60 % their “sentimental” life (Ed. Note: interesting)
57% their “forme physique” (Ed. Note: interesting)
50% their social life, their friends
In all the interviews it was noted, that friends are vitally important to women’s wellbeing.
What is missing in your life that would make you happier?
24% time with family
What is your most important wish for the next 10 years?
60% to continue to be “en forme” and dynamic
49% to be happy in love
39% win the lottery (Ed. Note: Who would have thought?)
25% to stop aging (Ed. Note: If only. . .)
To stay or to go?
57% say it’s best to stay with one’s partner even if we love them less than in the beginning.
How important is sex?
51% say it’s important, but not essential for happiness.
Over the last 60 years, how do you think women have changed in general?
91% more ambitious
91% more freedom
85% more “audacious”
84% more self-confident
82% more stressed
Over the last 60 years, how do you think life has evolved for women?
52% sexual liberty
Finally, grading themselves on a 10 point scale for their desire to be en forme — spanning the ages 15 through 70 — they give themselves a 6.6 note.
What do you think? Interesting, non?
And all these years (centuries) we thought the only thing that made a French woman happy was l’amour. . . Maybe l’amour is more complex and reaches a wider group of recipients?