Getting a good night’s sleep has a more significant impact on happiness than getting a substantial pay rise.
However, sleep was found to have the most significant effect, with getting sufficient shut-eye with a more substantial impact on happiness than a 50% pay increase.
These were the five variables found to separate an average person from those living the best lifestyle:
1. Most people with the highest Living Well scores reported feeling well rested all the time (60 per cent), while more than half of those in the bottom 20 per cent of the indicator stated that they seldom, or not, felt well rested.
2. Once more, these individuals were likely to be found on the peak of the Living Well Index — with nearly two thirds (63 per cent) of those in the top saying that they were happy with their sex life, double the national average.
3. Job Security: One of working people, 43 per cent of those with the maximum index scores experience an extremely substantial level of job security, nearly double the national average. In general, job security clarified a 1.8 point difference between the average working Brit and people living best.
4. The health of Close Relatives: For the average individual, worries about the health of close relationships emerges as a substantial barrier to living very well. The study found that concerns over the health of an intimate relationship contribute to a gap of 1.75 points between the average Briton and people living best.
5. Community Connectedness: Stronger connections with all the people we share a community with is an essential element for people who experience the maximum quality of life in Britain. The analysis indicates that by boosting the quality and strength of the regional relationships, people could live happier, longer lives. The ordinary individual speaks to their neighbours a couple of times a month. But talking to neighbours one or two times a week could add 1.6 points into a persons indicator score.