Hindus are the happiest among all the religious communities/groups of United Kingdom (UK), according to a dataset of Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK’s National Statistical Institute.
This was the finding of a study entitled “Personal Well-being in the UK, 3 year data 2012 to 2015”, which was released early last week. The survey aims to measure happiness levels by asking questions surrounding life satisfaction, anxiety levels and feeling that ones actions in life are worthwhile.
Quantifying Happiness by Personal Characteristics, April 2012 to March 2015, under the sub-head “religion”, on a 11 point scale; the study gave Hindus an average rating of 7.57, followed by Christians in second place at 7.47; whilst people with “No Religion” were at the bottom of the list with 7.22. Overall, reported personal well-being across all groups have improved every year since financial year ending 2012 when data was first collected and levels of reported anxiety have dropped, suggesting that an increasing number of people in the UK are feeling positive about their lives.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed in a statement today, congratulated the UK’s Hindu community for earning the title of most happy group; which he attributed to continuing with the traditional values of hard work, high morals and stress on education. Zed also commended the ONS for thinking beyond Gross Domestic Product and looking into what actually was more meaningful for the public and helped in making decisions regarding their quality of life.
Head-quartered in Newport, South Wales; ONS is the largest producer of official statistics in the UK besides conducting the census in England and Wales. Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world and according to the 2011 census, is the 4th largest religious group in the UK after Christianity, Atheism and Islam.
Other key findings of the report for 2014/15 can be viewed at the ONS website here: http://bit.ly/20XRXpv