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UK falls in global happiness ranking, with mental health a Covid ‘casualty’

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The UK has fallen five places on a global list ranking countries by happiness, as it grapples with the mental health ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual World Happiness Report found no overall global decline in people’s perceptions of their wellbeing in a survey of 156 countries.

However, the UK fell to 18th place in the global list and experienced one of the larger drops in happiness compared to before the pandemic.

Researchers said the measure for “life evaluation” in the UK fell from 7.16 in 2019 to 6.80 in 2020 – a statistically significant change.

There were 26 countries with significant increases and 20 with decreases in life evaluation measures, while 42 countries showed a significantly higher frequency of negative emotions and there were nine where this was significantly less frequently reported.

This has been a tough year for so many of us and the World Happiness Report shows that the UK has suffered more than most when it comes to happiness

The report authors said the modest changes to the overall rankings reflect both the global nature of the pandemic and a “widely-shared resilience”.

They wrote: “Given how all lives have been so importantly disrupted, it is remarkable that the averages are so stable.”

Dr Mark Williamson, chief executive of Action for Happiness, said: “This has been a tough year for so many of us and the World Happiness Report shows that the UK has suffered more than most when it comes to happiness.

“Policymakers should take this as an opportunity to centre human happiness and wellbeing as we recover from the pandemic so that we can build back happier.

“The report also shows the importance of trust and community benevolence, which really means kindness and doing things for others. Not only do these things make us happier, but when it comes to Covid, they can save lives.”

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