Brighton tops the list of UK’s hap­pi­est cities

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Sarah West­cott

BRIGHTON is the hap­pi­est city in the UK while Ed­in­burgh is the most de­pressed, ac­cord­ing to re­search.

In a na­tion­wide sur­vey into the sat­is­fac­tion of the na­tion, Brighton and Hove was crowned the hap­pi­ness place with more than a third of the city’s pop­u­la­tion choos­ing the word ‘“happy” to de­scribe their lives.

By con­trast just 16 per cent of Ed­in­burgh res­i­dents de­scribed their lives as “happy” favour­ing the words “anx­ious” and “de­pressed” in­stead.

Brighton beat com­pe­ti­tion from Le­ices­ter and Portsmouth to take the top spot. Ox­ford, Nor­wich and Bris­tol also ap­peared in the top 10, while Manch­ester, Belfast and Cardiff all took high po­si­tions.

Mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Kerry Collinge, for 9NINE Su­per Seed brand, which com­mis­sioned the study, said: “Brighton res­i­dents have found them­selves top­ping our hap­pi­est city chart. Maybe it’s the sea air and sunny weather that keeps them smil­ing.’’

The study asked 3,000 Bri­tons to con­sider their gen­eral life sat­is­fac­tion and rate how they feel on a scale of one to 10.

Ox­ford came top in the life sat­is­fac­tion stakes with a score of 6.72 out of 10, while Ed­in­burgh found it­self at the bot­tom of the ta­ble with an av­er­age of 5.89.

When asked to rate their life sat­is­fac­tion on a scale from one to ten the av­er­age Bri­ton gave them­selves a 6.37 out of 10.

Just one in 10 rated their life sat­is­fac­tion at nine or above, in­di­cat­ing ex­cel­lent life sat­is­fac­tion.

Re­searchers also looked into the ways we boost our mood and found three in five look to bed for com­fort in hard times, and over half lean on fam­ily for sup­port.

Forty three per cent play their favourite mu­sic when they need to raise their spirits with read­ing a book prov­ing more pop­u­lar for boost­ing our sero­tonin lev­els than sex.

And it’s the typ­i­cal Bri­tish weather, which is most likely to get us feel­ing down in the dumps, in first place – with 40 per cent claim­ing in­clement weather has a neg­a­tive ef­fect on their emo­tions.

Ms Collinge added: “Our study has helped to show that when it comes to the se­cret of hap­pi­ness the sim­ple things in life are usu­ally best. Forty winks, close friends and enough time with our favourite food and en­ter­tain­ment seem to keep a smile on the faces of most.”

Sea­side de­light at Brighton but Ed­in­burgh’s charms, left, fail to win over city’s ‘anx­ious’ res­i­dents

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