New Delhi, Mar 28: For Indians, health is wealth. So is happiness, if figures thrown up by a survey are anything to go by. In fact, most Indians give more importance to both health and happiness than they do to a better salary. A survey by professional networking site LinkedIn has shown that as many as 72 per cent Indians said “being happy” is their measure of success. Health was an important indicator of success for 65 per cent Indians while 57 per cent said a good work-life balance was a measure of success for them, reported DNA.

Of the 16 countries that the survey was conducted in, Indian professionals ranked third in feeling successful. UAE tops the list with Brazil at the second spot. Despite inflation, only 22 per cent of respondents equated a rise in salary cheque with success.  However, 36 per cent of Indian respondents also linked success with monetary goals; theirs being earning a six-figure salary.

The countries covered in the survey, along with India, were China, Brazil, US, UK, UAE, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands. The survey, conducted between October 12 and November 3, 2017, covered over 18,000 adults.

“The growing optimism in India’s macroeconomic environment shines through in the confidence professionals feel towards achieving success. While success means many different things to people, it is heartening to see work-life balance, family time and health taking precedence over a six-figure salary,” said LinkedIn head of communications, India, Deepa Sapatnekar.

The news couldn’t have come at a better time. Just a while back, a UN-c0nducted survey had shown India lagging behind countries like Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the happiness quotient. India ranked a low 133 in the 156 nations covered by UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s 2018 World Happiness Report.