'Fairer nation' China can teach UK 'about happiness', says Archbishop of York

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 08, 2013 09:30 hrs

China could teach Britain a lot about happiness because it is a more "equal" society, the Archbishop of York has said.

Dr John Sentamu said that problems such as homelessness showed that it was time to reassess the basic values on which our society is based.

He argued that it is clear that the British is "not happy" and that "fairer" countries such as China, Japan and Netherlands also have more contented populations, the Telegraph reports.

The Archbishop said that it was possible to judge how healthy a society is by how it treats the most vulnerable people, adding that a more equal society is also proven to be a happier society.

He pointed out that on the basis of global figures, China is happiest, then Japan, then the Netherlands, because they are the most equal societies, the paper said. (ANI)

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