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28 Feb 2012 | Action for Happiness
Today sees publication of new findings and updates from the
Office for National Statistics work to measure UK national
This press release provides an update on the ONS measurement
programme: Grass roots opinion can help to create a better
life for us all.
This report contains the latest estimates of subjective
wellbeing based on data from over 80,000 adults across the
UK: Analysis of experimental subjective well-being
data April - September 2011. Although still "experimental"
in nature this is a significantly bigger sample size than for the
preliminary data that was released in December 2011.
Welcoming today's report, Action for Happiness' director Mark
"The publication of this latest wellbeing data is another very
welcome step towards the UK measuring what really matters most -
people's quality of life as they experience it. For the first time
we're gathering official data not just on how our economy is
growing but on how our lives are going. This will allow us to
better track our progress as a society and hold our politicians to
account in developing policies that truly support people's
"Notable findings from today's publication include the
evidence that people report lower levels of wellbeing the
longer they have been unemployed; that Londoners report higher
levels of day-to-day anxiety than others; and that although
having children may not increase people's life satisfaction, they
do report a greater sense that their lives are
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