Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Location, Location, Location Maps Happiness

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Location, Location, Location Maps Happiness

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GLOBAL AND UK NEWS

The first 'World Map of Happiness' has marked Denmark top of the list for being the happiest place on earth. Switzerland and Austria came a close second and third in the study of 1 78 nations worldwide. Adrian White, an analytic social psychologist at Leicester University who was involved in the study, comments, "When people are asked if they are happy with their lives, people in countries with good health care, a higher GDP per capita, and access to education were much more likely to report being happy."

In the ranking of 'happiest countries', the UK came 41st, a relatively high position out of the 178 nations included in the study. Mr White continues, "A recent BBC survey found that 81% of the [UK] population think the government should focus on making us happier rather than wealthier." Countries in Asia appeared low down on the list with China, Japan and India coming 82nd, 90th and 125th, respectively.

Other mapping projects have also recently been carried out in Britain. Researchers who carried out a study using data from the British Household Panel Survey have said that the most sparsely populated county of Powys in Wales, with an average population distribution of one person in every ten acres, is Britain's happiest place (out of 273 districts). …

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