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Northern Ireland people happiest in UK: Survey

By Helen William

Published 08/07/2016

People in Northern Ireland are the happiest and have the most positive outlook in the UK, according to new figures (stock photo)
People in Northern Ireland are the happiest and have the most positive outlook in the UK, according to new figures (stock photo)

People in Northern Ireland are the happiest and have the most positive outlook in the UK, according to new figures.

While UK adults generally are experiencing a slowdown in their levels of personal well-being, those living in Northern Ireland have a greater sense of self-worth, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Northern Ireland residents gave themselves an average of 7.8 out of 10 on life satisfaction - top in the UK.

People in London had the lowest average feelings in the UK that things they do in life are worthwhile. But those living in Northern Ireland continued to have a stronger outlook on their personal well-being for all measures, except anxiety.

The ONS survey stated: "People in Northern Ireland reported higher average ratings of life satisfaction, feeling that things they do in life are worthwhile, and more happiness when compared with the rest of the UK.

"This has consistently been the case since the financial year ending 2013".

Residents in Northern Ireland gave themselves an average rating of 8 out of 10 on whether they felt what they were doing was worthwhile.

Researchers found that adults gave a 7.7 out of 10 rating for life satisfaction, 7.8 out of 10 for the feeling that what they did in life was worthwhile, 7.5 out of 10 for feelings of happiness, and gave anxiety a score of 2.9 out of 10.

The figures were created from responses from over 16-year-olds to questions on various aspects of life.

People were asked to respond on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is "not at all" and 10 is "completely".

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