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Jobs, family, health key to happiness

Jobs, family, health key to Brits happiness National well-being survey findings

Jobs, family and health have topped the list of what matters most to Britons, according to preliminary results from a new government survey designed to measure national well-being.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) was asked by the government to come up with a way to measure the nation's wellbeing outside economic indicators, and is planning to survey more than 200,000 people in the UK.

So far, more than 2,000 members of the public have been questioned about "what matters to you?"

Perhaps unsurprisingly, nearly nine out of 10 Britons said job security - rather than how much they are paid - family relationships and their health were the things that mattered most to them in life.

People were also concerned about their children's future, having a free society and spiritual and religious beliefs.

Paul Allin, director of the "measuring national well-being programme" at the ONS said: “The most relevant measures of well-being should encompass the elements of life that matter to people most, which is why ONS is conducting a national debate to find out what these are.

Objective measures such as crime, employment and life expectancy rates will be combined with subjective measures such as fear of crime, job-satisfaction and self-reported health, to give a more complete picture of national well-being."

This article was published on Mon 10 January 2011

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