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10 Oct 2010 | Theos
More than half of Britons believe helping others in the UK
and abroad is important to achieving happiness, a new poll has
On the eve of a new report into human wellbeing, the survey
found that 75% of those asked believe helping people in the UK is
key to happiness, with 54% citing helping those abroad as important
to happiness. Nearly 90% of people said that living in a world
where the environment is protected and where poverty does not exist
The poll, by aid agencies CAFOD and Tearfund, and think-tank
Theos, asked British adults to identify what makes them happy. The
top priority for 97% of people was spending time with friends and
family, while having an interesting job was important for 92%. A
high income was a much lower priority at 64%.
Tearfund Chief Executive Matthew Frost said: "It's
interesting that in this time of economic uncertainty, when we
might have expected people to prioritise income over all else, we
have instead found that people look outwards to the state of the
environment, world poverty and personal relationships with others
as their measures of happiness.
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