Study finds Britons living in remote areas are happiest

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 10:10 hrs

British mothers living in Britain's most remote areas are among the happiest people in the country, a think-tank has revealed as the government is set to release its first report on public quality of life.

The study showed women were generally more content than men, but appeared to experience more anxiety.

According to, the study found that those people based in London, Luton and Reading were deemed to have the lowest well-being in the UK, the new economics foundation (NEF) found.

The think-tank examined recent data from the Office for National Statistics and released its findings, as the Government prepared to publish the first set of figures designed to offer an insight into quality of life in Briton, the report said.

According to the NEF analysis, quality of life is highest among older people and the retired.

The study offered an optimistic picture of life in rural Britain which, it concluded, was significantly better than in the UK's urban areas, the report said.

It also identified that there was greater contentment among older and retired people, but revealed something of a mid-life crisis, with those between the ages of 40 and 59 experiencing the lowest quality of living.

It found parents tended to be happier than those without children, as were married people and those who live with a partner.

"When it comes to retirement, Britain is doing something right. The high levels of wellbeing reported by the over-60s are not a global phenomenon, in many countries older age groups have the lowest wellbeing," Saamah Abdallah, senior researcher at the new economics foundation, said.

"But there are also high levels of inequality in wellbeing amongst the elderly in the UK. Of particular concern to policy makers are the low levels of wellbeing most disabled people report. It suggests a need for further research and intervention," Abdallah added. (ANI)

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