Internet survey says happiness is on the up
World Happiness Day may have been and gone, but an internet survey says happiness has gone up over the past few years in the UK!
UK surveys on happiness
According to UK surveys
, overall rates of happiness across the UK have risen since 2014. However, levels of anxiety have slightly risen at the same time.
Since 2011, the Office for National Statistics have asked personal well-being questions to adults in the UK, to better understand how they feel about their lives. The survey results are pretty interesting.
How UK surveys measure happiness
The four personal well-being questions are: overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays? Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile? Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday? And overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?
The average ratings across the four measures of personal well-being at the tail end of 2016 were: 7.7 out of 10 for life satisfaction. 7.8 out of 10 for feeling that what you do in life is worthwhile. 7.5 out of 10 for happiness yesterday. And 2.9 out of 10 for anxiety yesterday. These figures on the ‘happiness scale’ have risen slowly since 2014, and the rates show a definite upward (positive) trajectory since they began in 2011.
Are surveys online correct?
So are we getting happier as a nation? According to the surveys online, yes we are. We still have a bit of a way to go to rival statistically ‘very happy’ nations, cited in the World Happiness Report
online survey – which include Canada, Australia and Norway at the top - but we’re not doing too badly. Chin up, people – tomorrow’s a brand new day.
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