We’re defined by the choices we make every day, such as what we do, where we go and who we spend time with. We conducted a survey to find out what people in Great Britain choose in pursuit of happiness – so how do you compare?
Eight in ten (82%) told us that experiences brought them the most happiness from our list, especially when enjoyed with loved ones. A third (34%) said quality time with family or friends makes them happiest, while 17% said they are happiest with their children or grandchildren.
Those aged 50 or over enjoy being in the company of their children and grandchildren, with nearly a quarter (24%) saying this brought them the most happiness from our list.
Going on holiday also boosts happiness: a fifth (20%) of people surveyed are happiest on holiday but it seems most people tend to stick with somewhere familiar. In the last year, almost double the percentage of people (49%) have gone on holiday somewhere they’ve already visited than the percentage (25%) who have gone to a new country. Those aged 18-24 are the most likely age group to have travelled to a new country in the last year (41%).
Meanwhile, even though only 13% of people learnt a new skill in the last year, 93% found happiness doing it.
Find out what defines your happiness and how you compare with the rest of the country by taking the quiz below.
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Total sample size was 2,083 adults in the UK. YouGov survey was undertaken online between 26-29 August 2016 and representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).