New happiness study finds that people aged between 65-79 years old tend to be the happiest.


A report on measures of well-being and happiness has been published, including survey results from more than 300 000 adults living in the UK, collected between 2012 and 2015.

The study found that greatest levels of well-being were reported in people aged between 65 and 79 years. These levels of happiness began to drop off again in those over 80 years of age. On the other hand, lowest ratings for life satisfaction and happiness were reported by people aged between 45 and 59 years of age.

Interestingly, the study also found that those who were married reported greater levels of happiness compared with those who were single, widowed, divorced, or living together. While people who were employed reported being happier than those who were unemployed, while people who were working part-time reported higher levels of happiness overall. In addition, following a religion was found to be associated with greater levels of happiness compared with following no religion. The study also assessed levels of anxiety, finding that women were more anxious than men, however, women also tended to report higher feelings of well-being.






Release: Measuring National Well-being, Personal Well-being in the UK, 3 year data 2012 to 2015 Available from:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/wellbeing/measuring-national-well-being/personal-well-being-in-the-uk–three-year-data-2012-2015/index.html Last Accessed February 3, 2016.








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