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.”