Teenagers are the happiest people in Britain despite high youth unemployment and the prospect of tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year.
A report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 16 to 17-year-olds are “most satisfied” with life than any other age group in the country.
Teenagers were also found to be the most optimistic about the future and the least anxious out of every age group. When asked how optimistic they felt about the next twelve months, 16-19 year-olds gave an average score of 8.5 out of ten. This compared to a score of under 6 out of ten for people aged between 50 and 54. The optimism of youth comes despite unemployment among 16-24 year-olds hitting 1 million and high student tuition fees.
The ONS’s Measuring Young People’s Wellbeing survey is part of an ongoing project to measure the nation’s happiness. Before becoming Prime Minister, Mr Cameron said that monitoring Britain’s well-being was as essential as measuring its economic health. Mr Cameron said:
“It’s time we admitted that there’s more to life than money and it’s time we focused not just on GDP but on GWB – general well-being. Well-being can’t be measured by money or traded in markets. It’s about the beauty of our surroundings, the quality of our culture and, above all, the strength of our relationships.”
Meanwhile, a study by the University of Warwick has found that people who eat seven – rather than five – portions of fruit and veg a day are happiest in the UK. Economists and public health researchers from the University of Warwick looked at the eating habits of 80,000 people in the country. They found mental well-being rose with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables people ate. Well-being peaked at seven portions a day.