Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Brits fare badly in ‘happiness index’

People in Britain have a less positive outlook than those in the United States, according to the first study into UK well-being .

Less than half of British adults feel they are thriving, while US citizens experience more happiness and enjoyment, scientists say.

The findings, from a survey of 3,000 adults over the past three months, were presented at a |meeting to discuss how data on well-being could be used to change policy and create a happier and more productive society.

The Office for National Statistics is for the first time to include four questions about well-being in the Integrated Household Survey from this month, including how satisfied people are with their lives, how happy or anxious they feel and to what extent they feel “things you do are worthwhile”.

The new questions were requested by David Cameron, who said last year that he would consider altering government policy if the results indicated change was necessary.