Hap­pi­est folk feel a Brit of all right!

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BE­ING proud to be Bri­tish makes you feel good about life, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

Boffins found the kind of pride that makes peo­ple hap­pi­est is when they feel they “be­long” to a coun­try – re­gard­less of eth­nic­ity.

Sci­en­tists stud­ied 41,000 res­i­dents from 31 Euro­pean coun­tries and found civic pride was linked to a gen­eral feel­ing of well-be­ing.

And those who feel a coun­try’s tra­di­tions, laws and in­sti­tu­tions make them feel they be­long of­ten have a bet­ter qual­ity of life.

The study was car­ried out by po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tists and top so­ci­ol­o­gists at the Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Washington and the Catholic Univer­sity in Bel­gium.

Study leader Matthew Wright said: “Civic na­tion­al­ists are on the whole hap­pier, and even the proudest eth­nic na­tion­al­ists’ well-be­ing barely sur­passed that of peo­ple with the low­est level of civic pride.”


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