Hindus are the happiest among all people; atheists unhappiest: Study

News Bharati English    08-Feb-2016

London, Feb 8: Of all the faiths in the United Kingdom (UK), Hindus are the happiest lot, scoring well above the national average, according to data compiled by the Office for National Statistics over the last four years in the UK and published a couple of days ago.

Religious people from all different faiths are happier than those who have “no religion”, official data released recently revealed.

Christians – of all denominations – were the second happiest, followed by Sikhs and Buddhists. Those who followed these religions were happier than the average person, who scored a happiness rating of 7.38 out of 10.

On average, Hindus scored a rating of 7.57 for happiness, followed by Christians at 7.47, Sikhs with 7.45 and Buddhist at 7.41.Happiness amongst Jews fell below the national average, with a rating of 7.37, the survey mentioned.

Muslims had the lowest happiness ranking of the religions listed, with a score of 7.33. Those who follow “any other religion” came in at 7.26. And people who belonged to “no religion” were the unhappiest, scoring just 7.22.

The ONS report analysed personal well-being data for more than 300,000 adults in the UK. The samples were collected over three years, between 2012 and 2015.

Four areas of a person’s well-being were assessed.

In addition to “happiness”, “life satisfaction”, “worthwhile” and “anxiety” were also ranked. The average measure nationally for “life satisfaction” was 7.5. For “feeling that what you do in life is worthwhile”, the average was 7.8 and for “anxiety” it was 2.9.