As many of us will remember, in 2006 David Cameron made several speeches relaying his idea of a more compassionate conservatism. Among his ideas was the GWB, the general well-being of the nation, saying how he believed our society’s sense of well-being was the central political challenge of our times.
Cameron stuck to his word and instigated a national measure of well-being. This means that as part of the annual population survey, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) surveys over 150,000 Britons about their well-being. Recently local data has been released, allowing further analysis and more in-depth responses.
Recently it was revealed that Harlow in Essex is considered the unhappiest town in the UK (scoring 6.8 out of 10), while Fermanagh in Northern Ireland is considered the happiest (scoring 8.2 out of 10).
Gathering this type of data allows us to challenge assumptions as to what really makes us happy. For example, in London, the area considered the wealthiest, 30 out…Read more