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2012 was a good year for happiness in the UK, finds survey

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4842 (Published 31 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4842
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

People in the United Kingdom reported rising levels of happiness in 2012, rating their satisfaction with life significantly higher than in previous years and the things they did more worthwhile, while levels of anxiety fell.

The results are the first year by year comparison possible under the programme launched by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in 2010 to measure people’s wellbeing. The programme has now gathered two years’ worth of data from questions answered by 65 000 people each year as part of the national household survey.1 2 3 They show that 2012 was a good year for happiness, possibly boosted by the Queen’s diamond jubilee, with its …

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