IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT

... you’re prob­a­bly liv­ing in Chiltern

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Claire Miller buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk Twit­ter: @Get_Bucks

CHILTERN is the hap­pi­est place in Buck­ing­hamshire.

Peo­ple in the area rated their hap­pi­ness lev­els at an av­er­age of 7.9 out of 10 in 2015/16. In com­par­i­son, peo­ple in South Bucks were the least happy, giv­ing an av­er­age rat­ing of 7.3 out of 10. Ayles­bury Vale has seen a big im­prove­ments in hap­pi­ness lev­els, up from 7.4 in 2014/15 to 7.6, while South Bucks, down from 7.6, has seen the big­gest drop.

Eilean Siar in Scot­land is the place where peo­ple gave the high­est score to the ques­tion, ‘how happy were you yes­ter­day?’, ac­cord­ing to the Govern­ment’s well­be­ing sur­vey. Re­spon­dents rated their av­er­age hap­pi­ness as 8.2 out of 10 in 2015/16, up from 8.1 in 2014/15, mean­ing the area over­takes Fer­managh and Omagh in North­ern Ire­land, which was the hap­pi­est place in 2013/14 and 2014/15, as the hap­pi­est place in the UK.

Peo­ple in East Northamp­ton­shire are the least likely to give high marks for hap­pi­ness the day be­fore, with peo­ple there scor­ing an av­er­age of 7 out of 10.

Life sat­is­fac­tion is the only mea­sure of per­sonal well-be­ing which has in­creased in the UK when com­par­ing the fi­nan­cial years end­ing 2015 and 2016. Those liv­ing in Lon­don re­ported lower av­er­age rat­ings of life sat­is­fac­tion, anx­i­ety and feel­ing things in life are worth­while com­pared with UK over­all

Peo­ple in North­ern Ire­land con­tinue to give higher av­er­age rat­ings of per­sonal well-be­ing for all mea­sures ex­cept anx­i­ety, when com- pared with the other UK coun­tries.

Dawn Snape, Qual­ity of Life, Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics, said: “We have seen per­sonal well-be­ing im­prov­ing on a UK-wide ba­sis over the past five years. But this data paints a richer pic­ture, en­abling peo­ple to ex­plore what’s been hap­pen­ing in their lo­cal area. This will help in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to look at well-be­ing lo­cally along­side other tra­di­tional mea­sures of progress.”

The four per­sonal well-be­ing ques­tions are:

How sat­is­fied are you with your life nowa­days?

To what ex­tent do you feel the things you do in your life are worth­while? How happy did you feel yes­ter­day? How anx­ious did you feel yes­ter­day?

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