Britons happy despite financial gloom
A new survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that Britons rate their life satisfaction as 7.4 out of 10 despite their financial woes.
Concerns over work and precarious finances are outweighed by the happiness gained from children, relationships and where people live, according to the landmark survey.
Economists predict it could leave the public worse of 2015 than they were in 2002, but the government survey shows that we remain largely unemotional about the situation.
The survey, which is part of the Prime Minister's drive to get a better measure of how the country is faring rather than focusing only on GDP, found that the average score given by people on how 'worthwhile' the things they did were was 7.6.
There were signs of stress from respondents however. Satisfaction with their financial situation was an average of 6.2 out of ten - the lowest score, and work situation fared little better at an average of 6.7 out of ten.
The most satisfaction came from personal relationships and mental well-being which had the highest mean scores - both 8.3 out of ten. But to the question 'how anxious did you fell yesterday?' more than a quarter of respondents gave the answer 5 out of ten.
Paul Allen said this could be seen in the placards held up by public sector workers on strike at marches around the country on Wednesday. "They held up signs saying 'we are not happy about this'. It was very British".