A healthy and trusting person, content with his or her job and maintaining strong family ties, is generally satisfied with life.
Surveys show that half of the German population considers itself to be extremely satisfied in life. This assessment changes during the span of a lifetime. Young people and older persons about to or recently retired are particularly content. Persons age 50 to 60 or older than 80 are generally less satisfied.
Stark differences exist between the employed and the unemployed. Yet, a job’s significance does not only depend on the size of one’s income. People work for more reasons than to simply earn a living: The right job enables them to create and to shape, and integrates them into social networks.