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People may be happier in the north of the UK

 
07/08/2012 | By Sharmila Chauhan
People may be happier in the north of the UK so suggest a report by the Office of National Statistics.

The study asked questions to find out about psychological wellbeing of UK inhabitants. Questions included:
  • Do you feel the things you do are worthwhile?
  • Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
  • Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
  • Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?

Places that came out top were Eilean Siar, Orkney & Shetland who came in first for all the questions with the exception of how satisfied they were with their life, where they came second place at Bath and Sommerset.  At the bottom end, the places where people were less 'happy' was more varied.

  Top two Bottom two
Do you feel the things you do are worthwhile? Eilean Siar, Orkney & Shetland and Rutland UA West Midlands Met County and Stoke-on-Trent UA
Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays? Bath & Sommerset and Eilean Siar, Orkney & Shetland Merthyr Tydfil and West Midlands
Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday? Eilean Siar, Orkney & Shetland and Rutland UA North Ayrshire and Blaenau Gwent
Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday? Eilean Siar, Orkney & Shetland and Moray Peterborough UA and South Ayrshire

Reasons for this variety is still unclear but may be due to rural lifestyles with possibly more physical exercise and healthy living.

One reason for anxiety may be concerns about health care. With NHS rationing and economic downturn many people may think cheap health insurance is unvailable. However Freedom Health offers affordable health insurance bringing peace of mind.