The well-being of Hong Kong residents rates among the worst in the world, according to a survey conducted by consulting firm Gallup.

The 2014 Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index ranked Hong Kong 120th out of 145 countries and regions surveyed.

The index is composed of five elements of well-being – physical, social, financial, community and purpose. More than 146,000 people aged 15 and above were surveyed. Each of them was asked to say how much they agreed with the following statements:

Purpose:  You like what you do every day;  You learn or do something interesting every day.

Social: Someone in your life always encourages you to be healthy;  Your friends and family give you positive energy every day.

Financial:  You have enough money to do everything you want to do;  In the last seven days, you have worried about money.

Community:  The city or area where you live is a perfect place for you;  In the last 12 months, you have received recognition for helping to improve the city or area where you live.

Physical:  In the last seven days, you have felt active and productive every day;  Your physical health is near-perfect.

The 2014 Global Well-being Map. Photo: Gallup-Healthways

Panama, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico were the top three countries in overall well-being with 53%, 47.6% and 45.8% of their residents thriving respectively.  Americas including northern and southern American countries scored high on the list while Asian countries were generally on the low end.

Only 8.6% of Hong Kong residents are thriving overall. In terms of financial well-being, HK is no.23. In terms of purpose, social, community and physical well-being, HK is no. 140, no. 134, no. 108 and no. 140 respectively.

Singapore beats HK in all five areas, scoring no. 9 in financial well-being and no. 97 in overall well-being.

South Korea is no. 117, Taiwan no. 59, the US no. 23, and China no. 127. Afghanistan tails the list with 0% of residents thriving.

Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.