Take your chance to make the UK a happier place
For some it's having a lot of dosh, for others it's access to a swimming pool and still others put it down to something as simple the smell of fresh coffee - what makes each of us happy is as personal as a fingerprint. And although we here at Zest know the importance of happiness when it comes to health, it seems the government is just realising it can be good for the economy too. The Office of National Statistics is currently in the process of collecting data to find out just what it is that brings Britons the most joy in a bid to calculate the country's 'well-being index'. This data will then be published alongside more traditional economic indicators, like the Gross Domestic Product. In future, governmental policies may even be influenced by the nation's happiness levels. So far, 7,500 people have shared what brings them bliss. In the top spot is living near a park or swimming pool, followed second by having access to cultural services like libraries. Rounding out the top three is - we love this - being healthy. ZEST says: We think this is an outstanding government initiative: finally politicians are realising there's more to the success of a nation than its surplus or exports. We just hope this isn't a PR stunt and the data will actually be used to shape future policy. Add your voice to the debate and reveal what makes you giddy here or head over to our forums to discuss all things glee with other Zesties.
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