Married couples and civil partners are more likely to be happy than those who live together.
In newly published data the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that nearly 35 per cent of people who are either married or in a civil partnership rate their overall happiness very highly. On a scale of one to ten, these people claimed their life satisfaction was nine or ten.
Cohabitation did not fare so well in these figures. Only 28.9 per cent of people who lived with a partner rated their happiness at the same level.
That number dropped even further among single people, with 21.9 per cent who claimed to have a very high level of satisfaction with their life. Additionally, only 19.5 per cent of those who had divorced or separated did the same.
The ONS also found that Britons are doing better financially than they have in recent years. The number of people who claimed to be struggling fell from 11.6 per cent in 2011 to just over nine per cent in 2014.
ONS Director of Wellbeing Glenn Everett said that in different areas of society “life in the UK is improving, but we don’t necessarily feel that they are”. Health appears to be one aspect that people believed was getting worse. Overall satisfaction with health was 57.8 per cent in 2014, down from 66.3 per cent in 2011.
Meanwhile, the number of people who claimed to have suffered from anxiety and depression rose from 18.3 per cent to 19.7 per cent. However, mental health charity Mind’s head of information Stephen Buckley suggested this could be because more people “are starting to feel comfortable talking about mental health”.