By Maximilian Clarke

Adults in the UK rate their overall life satisfaction as a respectable 7.4 out of 10, the Government’s first wellbeing survey suggests.

Championed by Prime Minister David Cameron, the annual index serves to build up a picture of the nation’s overall satisfaction and wellbeing in a way that economic indicators alone cannot. Branded ‘woolly’ by its critics, David Cameron defended the scheme as an important measure of the country’s progress, and other organisations are said to be intent on conducting their own wellbeing surveys. Eurostat and the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) are said to be working on their own.

Britons also rated how ‘happy they felt yesterday’ as 7.4 out of 10. Other patterns to emerge from the pioneering study include a U-shaped happiness distribution when plotted against age: young adults and the elderly are more satisfied, with the middle-aged appreciable less satisfied.

Britons were, perhaps unsurprisingly, the least satisfied with their financial situation- ranked 6.2/ 10, and job satisfaction also ranked low.

Other questions from the highly subjective quiz include: ‘Overall, to what extent do you think the things you do in your life are worthwhile?’


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