Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Britain is a country where the old men at Eilean Siar on the Scottish islands of Orkney and Shetland are the happiest people in the land

An article in 'The Gaurdian' today was entitled :

Wellbeing index points way to bliss: live on a remote island, and don't work

First annual results of 'Measuring National Wellbeing Programme' show teenagers and pensioners have key to happiness

* having more free time for leisure pursuits may be one reason why people aged 65-79 are more satisfied with their lives.
Happiness graphic
* you are one of the happiest people in Britain if you :

- live on the Western Isles, Orkney or Shetland.

- are the happiest if you live in  Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland Islands, recording a satisfaction level of 8.1 out of 10,

- work as a doctor or a lawyer.

- are you married and over 65.

- are in good health and a homeowner.

* if you happen to be a divorced, middle-aged machine operative living in Thurrock, Essex, you could well be one of the saddest – especially if you're a man.

* Eilean Siar has 1,100 retired old people which is 26.8% of its population compared to 18.5% in Scotland and 16.5 % in Britain as a whole.

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