Hap­pi­ness is on the rise in Hinck­ley!

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS - CLAIRE MILLER hinck­ley­times@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PEO­PLE in Hinck­ley and Bos­worth are the hap­pi­est they have been in at least six years.

In 2016/17, peo­ple in the area rated their hap­pi­ness lev­els at an av­er­age of 7.8 out of 10 in 2016/17, ac­cord­ing to the Govern­ment’s well­be­ing sur­vey.

Hap­pi­ness lev­els were up from 7.6 out of 10 in 2015/16 and are at their high­est lev­els since the sur­vey be­gan.

Oadby and Wigston is the hap­pi­est place in Le­ices­ter­shire, and one of the hap­pi­est places in the UK. Peo­ple in the area rated their hap­pi­ness lev­els at an av­er­age of 8.2 out of 10 in 2016/17, mak­ing it the fifth hap­pi­est place in the UK.

Peo­ple’s hap­pi­ness rat­ing in the area was up from 7.8 in 2015/16, and at its high­est lev­els since the sur­vey be­gan.

In com­par­i­son, peo­ple in Charn­wood are the least happy lo­cally, giv­ing an av­er­age rat­ing of 7.5 out of 10, down from 7.6 in 2015/16.

In Le­ices­ter, peo­ple rated their hap­pi­ness lev­els as 7.36 out of 10, up from 7.56 in 2015/16 and the high­est rat­ing since the sur­vey be­gan.

Peo­ple in Har­bor­ough gave one of the high­est av­er­age rat­ings for life sat­is­fac­tion, rat­ing it at 8.2 out of 10 in 2016/17, up from 7.9 in 2015/16, as well as one of the high­est rat­ings for life be­ing worth­while, rat­ing it as 8.4 out of 10, up from 7.9.

Craven in North York­shire is the place where peo­ple are hap­pi­est.

Re­spon­dents rated their av­er­age hap­pi­ness as 8.3 out of 10 in 2016/17, up from 7.5 in 2015/16, mean­ing the area over­takes Eilean Siar, which was the hap­pi­est place in 2015/16 in the UK.

Peo­ple in Hertsmere are the least likely to give high marks for hap­pi­ness the day be­fore, with peo­ple there scor­ing an av­er­age of 6.9 out of 10.

Peo­ple in Craven also have the high­est life sat­is­fac­tion, rat­ing it as 8.5 out of 10, while peo­ple in Wolver­hamp­ton have the low­est, 7.1 out of 10.

For feel­ing life is worth­while, peo­ple in North War­wick­shire gave the high­est rat­ing at 8.7 out of 10, while the low­est was in Chel­tenham at 7.4.

Peo­ple in Adur felt the most anx­ious, scor­ing lev­els the pre­vi­ous day at 3.7 out of 10, while those in Craven were the least anx­ious, just 2 out of 10.

Across the UK, av­er­age rat­ings across the four mea­sures of per­sonal well-be­ing in fi­nan­cial year end­ing March 2017 were: 7.7 out of 10 for life sat­is­fac­tion, 7.9 out of 10 for feel­ing that what you do in life

is worth­while, 7.5 out of 10 for hap­pi­ness yes­ter­day and 2.9 out of 10 for anx­i­ety yes­ter­day.

Com­par­ing the years end­ing March 2016 and 2017, there have been sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in av­er­age rat­ings of life sat­is­fac­tion, up from 7.67 to 7.68 out of 10, and hap­pi­ness, up from 7.49 to 7.51, for the UK over­all. There was no change in av­er­age rat­ings of anx­i­ety and the sense that things done in life are worth­while.

Matthew Steel, from the Of­fice for Na­tional Statis­tics, said: “To­day’s fig­ures may sur­prise some, show­ing a small in­crease in both re­ported hap­pi­ness and life sat­is­fac­tion dur­ing a pe­riod that has seen po­lit­i­cal change and un­cer­tainty.

“It’s worth not­ing that em­ploy­ment rates rose dur­ing the pe­riod cov­ered by this re­port, and other ONS anal­y­sis showed peo­ple per­ceiv­ing an im­prove­ment in their own fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tions and in the over­all econ­omy.

“These are fac­tors we be­lieve may ac­count for some peo­ple’s in­creased sense of per­sonal well-be­ing.”

There were no changes in the pro­por­tion of peo­ple who re­ported their rat­ings of life sat­is­fac­tion, worth­while or hap­pi­ness as low.

“This in­di­cates that in­creases in mean life sat­is­fac­tion are be­ing driven by more peo­ple re­port­ing the high­est lev­els of well-be­ing, rather than a de­crease in those re­port­ing the low­est lev­els of well-be­ing.

The 4 per­sonal well-be­ing ques­tions were:

Over­all, how sat­is­fied are you with your life nowa­days?

Over­all, to what ex­tent do you feel the things you do in your life are worth­while?

Over­all, how happy did you feel yes­ter­day? over­all, how anx­ious did you feel yes­ter­day?

Peo­ple are asked to re­spond on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is “not at all” happy and 10 is “com­pletely” happy.

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