Britons are happy despite economic gloom

Despite the economic climate and ongoing recession, new figures reveal that the majority of people in Great Britain are happy

Despite dark economic times, people in Britain are happy, according to a new life satisfaction survey.

A study of well-being, carried out by The Office for National Statistics, found that 76 per cent of people rated themselves as being satisfied with their lives.

This figure grew to 78 per cent when asked to rate the extent to which they feel the things they do in life are worthwhile.

‘The overall figures do show that, despite the economic doom and gloom, we’re actually pretty resilient here in the UK,’ says Mark Williamson, founder of the Action For Happiness campaign. ‘Not all happiness comes down to bank balance.’

The study highlighted that people were most satisfied with their personal relationships and family life, whilestrains of the economy and work take a backseat.

Conducted between April and August this year, the survey of 4,200 adults was part of the £2million ‘happiness index’ set up by David Cameron in order to gain a better idea of how the country is doing.

Nearly eight in ten people said they thought things in their lives were worthwhile, however signs of stress were also shown, with satisfaction regarding finances and work generating far lower scores.


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