Only one-in-six Germans can recall a moment in which they felt truly happy, according to a new survey.
The poll also suggests that many Germans feel weighed down by the financial crisis in Europe — despite the fact the country enjoys a record of solid growth.
The results showed that nearly half of all Germans say they are increasingly incapable of “true relaxation” and enjoying their free time, due to the stress of their everyday lives and the feeling of being constantly reachable.
German perfectionism may be part of the problem. About eight-in-10 of those surveyed remarked that they experience pleasure best when they have managed to achieve something first.