National well-being survey shows people in England are getting happier

<em>People in England are getting happier (PXHere)</em>
People in England are getting happier (PXHere)

A major new survey has shown that people across England are getting happier – despite no change in feelings of loneliness.

Results from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a broadly positive picture of life in the UK.

The majority of indicators show life is improving or staying the same over the long-term for people across the country.

<em>Results show a positive picture of life in the UK (ONS)</em>
Results show a positive picture of life in the UK (ONS)

According to the survey, 35% of people over 16 reported their long-term happiness as ‘very high’ – up from 31.5% in the year ending June 2013.

Some 30% also said their long-term life satisfaction was ‘very high’ – up from 26% in 2013.

Those who rate their anxiety levels as ‘very low’ has slightly risen in the long-term to 39%, while there was no overall change in mental well-being.

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On the other end of the emotional scale, the level of people feeling lonely has gone largely unchanged over the same time period.

Other areas showing no change include satisfaction with our accommodation and our engagement or participation in arts and culture.

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