People in England are happier than they were at the time of the Brexit vote, figures have revealed.
Contentment among the population has increased to record levels, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Its personal wellbeing survey revealed that people in England are a less gloomier bunch than they were at the time of the EU referendum last year.
Happiness has increased between June 2016 and June 2017, the ONS said.
While happiness in England increased, the mood in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was unchanged since the Brexit vote.
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‘Today’s figures, the first to be based on a full year of data since the EU referendum, show small increases in how people in the UK rate their life satisfaction, happiness and feelings that the things they do in life are worthwhile,’ said the ONS’s Matthew Steel.
‘The improvements were driven by England – the only country where quality of life ratings got better over the last year.’
Overall, average ratings of life satisfaction increased slightly between June 2016 and June 2017, and there was no change in average anxiety ratings.
People in Northern Ireland still report the highest levels of personal wellbeing, in comparison to the UK average.
The average person in the UK has a rating of 7.7 out of 10 for life satisfaction, 7.9 for feeling what they do in life is worthwhile and 7.5 for overall happiness.
The average anxiety rating is 2.9 out of 10.
The report read: ‘Between the years ending June 2016 and 2017, there have been statistically significant improvements in average ratings of life satisfaction, feeling the things we do in life are worthwhile and happiness for the UK overall. There was no change in average ratings of anxiety.’