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article imageUK looks at demographic breakdown of well-being

By Sravanth Verma     Mar 10, 2016 in Lifestyle
The United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data from a three-year survey that measured people's well-being.
The survey collected data from 300,000 adults and based their well-being scores on four measures: life satisfaction, feeling that what you do is worthwhile, happiness and anxiety. The data shows that life satisfaction and happiness are lowest for the demographic age group between 45 and 54. Those between 16 and 19, and 65 and 79 years of age reported the highest average for levels of satisfaction. Adults between 65 and 74 years of age were also the happiest age group.
ONS director for measuring well-being, Glenn Everett said: “The low well-being in middle age might suggest that those in this age group are struggling with the double responsibility of caring for children and for elderly parents."
The 45-59 demographic also faced the highest anxiety levels. Anxiety levels fell once people crossed this age barrier. The report explained that individuals born in different decades are likely to have different expectations from life, which probably influences their sense of well-being. It also pointed out that teenagers and older people are likely to have more time to pursue activities that lead to a heightened sense of well-being.
“Understanding more about how different age groups rate their personal well-being will help policy makers target groups in most need and concentrate on issues that are fundamental to a good life,” said the report, which is available to the public under the Open Government Licence.
The report also found that religious people experienced higher levels of happiness, with Hindus coming out on top, followed by Christians, Sikhism and Buddhism. Judaism came next, followed by Islam, followed by the demographic that adhered to no religion. Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism all have their origin in the Indian subcontinent, and have some common precepts, while Christianity, Judaism and Islam are part of the Abrahamic religions.
The average ratings for happiness was 7.57 for Hindus, 7.47 for Christians, 7.45 for Sikhs and 7.41 for Buddhists. As a demographic, the average rating for Hindus was second highest, next only to the demographic that described themselves as being in very good health. Happiness amongst Jews was 7.37, below the national average, and for Muslims, the rating was 7.33 on average. However, those that followed some religion still did better in the happiness rating that those who follow "no religion". The average happiness rating for this demographic stood at 7.22.
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