IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT
... you’re probably living in Chiltern
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?