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The UK's happiness levels have hit a high despite Brexit and terrorist attacks - QZ

The UK has reported its highest levels of happiness since 2011, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics.

The well-being figures are the first to be based on a full year of data since the European Union referendum, during which the country has experienced high levels of political turmoil, including a snap election, a subsequent hung parliament, and the beginning of tense negotiations with Brussels.

Britain has also been hit by multiple terrorist attacks, beginning with the Westminster Bridge attack in London on March 22. Two months later on May 22, 22 people were killed and more than 500 injured in the Manchester Arena bombing, which became the deadliest attack on UK soil since 2005.

However, people have remained upbeat in spite of this, scoring (out of 10) 7.5 for happiness, 7.7 for life satisfaction, and 7.9 reported that they feel what they do in life is "worthwhile". There was also no significant change in reported levels of anxiety, which scored 2.9 out of 10.

by Bjinse on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 07:49:36 PM EST
As usual, the Scots seem to be the sane ones
Interestingly, the improvements in happiness, life satisfaction, and worthwhileness were driven by England, with no changes in reported personal well-being in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 08:23:04 PM EST
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Employment is at an all time high, unemployment low, interest rates low, disposable income is beginning to struggle with higher inflation but it hasn't really bitten yet. Brexit is so much background noise without real effects for most people (if you aren't an immigrant) and Tory sex scandals are a reassuring return to normality...what's not to like? Who are United playing on Saturday anyway...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 10:30:12 PM EST
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As some philosopher said: "If you're happy you don't think."

I know, cheap.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 11:51:23 PM EST
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Only fools are happy" is how my father put it.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Nov 9th, 2017 at 06:43:58 AM EST
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I have existential angst, therefore I know that I am...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Nov 9th, 2017 at 12:09:03 PM EST
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Aristotle made a reasoned argument why no thinking person could truly be happy. I don't know if that constituted existential angst - probably. As the Preacher said: "There is nothing new under the Sun."

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Nov 9th, 2017 at 04:12:28 PM EST
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Euro-angst is a thing, it's the euro part of neurosis.
The only known antidote is copious doses of football taken daily.
Betting on anything that breathes also brings palliative relief.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Nov 17th, 2017 at 05:13:36 AM EST
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I don't think people in Italy will approve of your antidote right now.....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Nov 17th, 2017 at 05:45:41 AM EST
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Haha, they are saying on the radio that there will be a baby boom in Italy 9 months after the next world cup!
The government has been on a futile mission to increase native population, bet they never thought of this way of doing it.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 12:10:30 AM EST
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