Personal well-being has improved every year since 2012 suggesting people are feeling more positive about life.
However there is also slight growth in inequality between people who rate their lives highly and those who report low levels (below 4 out of 10).
The survey started in 2011/12 and people are asked to rate their overall satisfaction with life, feeling that the things they do are worthwhile, their happiness, and their level of anxiety.
Experts say that happiness levels often fall during periods of rapid change, for example during the recession which started in 2007/8, and that only now do people feel an improvement in their personal well-being. Areas with higher unemployment e.g. the northeast and Humberside, have shown no change in their low levels of well-being.
The northwest is the region with the largest average improvement in life satisfaction, being worthwhile, and happiness, over the last two years.
The happiest areas
- Fermanagh & Omagh, Northern Ireland
- Ribble Valley, Lancashire
- Eilean Siar, Outer Hebrides
- West Somerset
- Orkney Islands
- Bolsover, Derbyshire
- Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
- Dundee City