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South West voted happiest place to live in the UK

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 25, 2013

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THE South West is one of the happiest places to live in the UK, according to a new report.

The South West of England and the North West have been found to be the happiest regions to live in, with 53% of people in the West Country saying they were happy or extremely happy with their level of success.

The survey, commissioned by General Electricals, asked participants how satisfied they were with four aspects of their lives – their skills, their networks of

friends and family, their emotional and physical health and finally their community interests, such being involved in a local charity.

The survey found that just 42% of people elsewhere in the North of England were happy with their success, but found that people in Scotland had the best balance of happiness across all four categories.

Those in the South West also rated health as the most important factor for personal happiness overall and it was found to be particularly important to those

over the age of 55, whereas people aged 16 to 24 voted their social network of friends most important to their happiness.

Overall the South West scored the second highest happiness rating, the fourth for happiness levels and the sixth for the right balance of life.

Mark Elborne, CEO of General Electrics in the UK and Ireland said: “Success is not just about fame and fortune; it is about achieving your goals. Having a strong network of friends and family, good health as well as skills or interests are seen by people as the measure of personal success.

“The research clearly shows that a balanced approach to life helps people feel happy and successful.”


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  • AdeleHitList  |  December 31 2013, 5:34PM

    If you drink methadone and cider by the gallon and shoot up daily you will probably find Castle Circus has everything you need.

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  • SillyBlogger  |  December 27 2013, 8:44PM

    The place in the picture probably doesn't have a local council and mayor to mess it up.

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  • YouQuip  |  December 27 2013, 5:22PM

    A lovely photo indeed of what our politicians have been selling off for years. Stand up firm and proud for the values this country holds dear and don't fall for the lib,lab,con trick. This land is our land, if we don't protect it who will. Vote UKIP.

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  • DeliaDahlia  |  December 26 2013, 11:31AM

    As political and editorial balance could we not have a picture of Castle Circus at around 11.30 pm on a saturday evening. A different kind of happyness.

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  • SukiFruitpant  |  December 25 2013, 10:35PM

    It is a lovely photo. If you lived there, or holidayed there you would be happy. If you lived or holidayed around castle circus, next door to a hostel full of drug addicts brought to Torquay from other cities for counselling you would be less happy.

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  • nicold  |  December 25 2013, 9:31PM

    Lovely photo!

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  • SukiFruitpant  |  December 25 2013, 7:04PM

    Of course those living in the castle circus area can always obtain everything they need to be happy. In 5mins you can obtain enough chemicals to be happy for the whole weekend.

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