Daily grind? Work makes us happy!

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

IT may be hard to be­lieve if your part­ner is the type who con­stantly grum­bles about their 9-to-5. But the key to hap­pi­ness re­ally is hold­ing down a sta­ble job, say ex­perts.

Of all eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors, a high em­ploy­ment rate is most likely to cor­re­late with greater hap­pi­ness, ac­cord­ing to re­searchers.

The Lon­don School of Eco­nomics con­sulted 29 aca­demics, of whom 24 agreed that em­ploy­ment backed by a wel­fare sys­tem was the big­gest fac­tor in pro­mot­ing public well-be­ing.

The find­ings are a boon for Theresa May and the Tories, who have over­seen falling un­em­ploy­ment since 2010.

Lat­est fig­ures show more than 32 mil­lion are in work – the most ever. More than three-quar­ters of the work­ing-age pop­u­la­tion were em­ployed and just over one in 25 adults were out of work – both lev­els un­matched in the past 40 years.

At the same time, well-be­ing sur­veys led by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics show hap­pi­ness lev­els con­tin­u­ing to rise. Fig­ures are up three per­cent­age points since 2012 and have climbed steadily since the 2016 Brexit ref­er­en­dum re­sult.

One of the re­searchers, John Hel­li­well of the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia, said in­fla­tion was another use­ful pre­dic­tor of hap­pi­ness but un­em­ploy­ment had twice as pow­er­ful an ef­fect.

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