Why carry out the survey?
As a leading health, wellbeing and education charity, we work daily to combat barriers to good health, happiness and a sense of fulfillment – so it’s important for us to gain clearer understanding of what those barriers are. We will also use the findings to power real change as part of our wider Eudaimonia campaign.
How was the research conducted?
The research questioned a nationally representative sample of 1,000 UK adults in September 2016 on 14 statements relating to wellbeing and how various lifestyle factors, such as activity, mental stimulation, financial confidence, relationships, and education affect these.
Findings: An overview
- The average Brit scored 6.13/10 on an index for their overall wellbeing.
- The three wellbeing statements that the general population were least likely to agree with were:
- I’ve had energy to spare. (5.0/10)
- I’ve been feeling relaxed. (5.65/10)
- I’ve been feeling good about myself. (5.73/10)
- Financial stability is the factor that most affects the wellbeing of UK citizens. There is a 52% divide in wellbeing scores between the most and least financially confident people in society.
- The activities people reported as most likely to boost wellbeing were:
- being on holiday (66%)
- being with family (56%)
- when socialising with friends. (49%).
- Lacking good relationships led to a 50% swing in scores.
- Being surrounded by negative relationships reduces wellbeing by 33%.
- Lacking mental stimulation – such as learning a new skill – brought about a 48% divide.
- Leading an active lifestyle brings a 13% increase in average wellbeing scores.
- An inactive lifestyle reduces the average wellbeing score by 19% (meaning there’s a 32% gap in average wellbeing scores between the most and least active).
- There was a 30% divide in wellbeing between those with positive and negative education experiences.