A new survey has revealed that the happiest people in the UK are the residents from the district of Fermanagh and Omagh.
The Office of National Statistics’ wellbeing survey of 165,000 people showed that people in the UK are getting generally happier. When asked to rank happiness on a scale of 0-10, the people of Fermanagh and Omagh averaged 8.26, while those in Bolsover only reported 6.89 on the happiness chart.
The north of Ireland came top in three of the four ‘wellbeing factors’. They scored 4.2 per cent above average when asked ‘Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?’ and scored 4.8 per cent above average when asked ‘Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?’.
They also came top when asked ‘Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?’ (4.7 per cent) and came fourth when asked ‘Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?’ (minus 10.9 per cent).
The Key point from the survey include:
- Reported personal well-being has improved every year since financial year ending 2012 when data were first collected, suggesting that an increasing number of people in the UK are feeling positive about their lives.
- Proportions reporting the highest levels of personal well-being have increased since the financial year ending 2012 for each of the 4 measures considered. The greatest improvement has been for levels of anxiety.
- People in Northern Ireland gave higher average ratings for personal well-being for all measures except anxiety compared to the other 3 UK countries (based on figures before rounding). This has been the case in every year since data were first collected.
- People in London reported lower personal well-being on average for each of the measures than the equivalent UK averages, but London has seen improvements across all the average measures of personal well-being, particularly in reductions to anxiety since data were first collected.
- Wales was the only UK country that did not have any significant positive improvements between the financial year ending 2014 and the latest estimates across any of the measures for average ratings.
- The North West of England reported increases in the rate of personal well-being for 3 out of 4 of the measures, compared with the financial year ending 2014.