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4 insights into Personal Well-being

Estimates of Life Satisfaction, Worthwhile, Happiness and Anxiety from the Annual Population Survey for 2014/2015

Personal well-being measures: life satisfaction, feelings that the things we do in life are worthwhile, happiness and anxiety.

On average people in the UK rated their Life Satisfaction as 7.6 in financial year ending 2015 when measured on a scale from 0- 10. This is up 0.2 from financial year ending 2012.


In financial year ending 2015 for the first time, the UK average rating of worthwhile has significantly increased from financial year 2012, to 7.8.


Average UK Happiness has increased by 0.18 between financial year ending 2012 and financial year ending 2015 to reach 7.5 out of 10.


Anxiety has experienced the largest change between financial year ending 2012 and financial year ending 2015, at a reduction in the average of 0.28.

Where can I find out more about personal well-being?

These statistics were collected and analysed by the Measuring National Well-being programme at ONS. If you’d like to find out more about the latest personal well-being statistics, read Personal well-being in the UK, 2014/15 or explore the data for yourself using our interactive maps.

Categories: People and Places, Communities, Societal Wellbeing, Measuring Societal Well-being
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