News: Retiring in Scotland - the secret to happiness?

Fri, 05 Feb 16

Retiring in Scotland could be the secret to happiness, suggests new research.

Scotlandís Western Isles were ranked as the place with the happiest population by the Office for National Statistics, which asked people to rate happiness on a scale from 1 to 10 over a period of several years.

The research from the Office of National Statistics also found that it is people aged 60 to 79 who are the happiest so moving to the islands of Scotland to retire seems to be the best bet for a happy life.

Indeed, the country accounted for four of the happiest places in the UK, according to the ONS, with three of them islands: Orkney was the second, followed by the Highlands, Shetland and, on the other side of the border, Englandís Cheshire.

Liverpool was dubbed the least happy place, according to the survey, despite the cityís recent regeneration schemes and, in 2008, being crowned a European Capital of Culture. London, known for its hustle and bustle lifestyle, accounted for two of the lowest ranked locations: Islington and Hackney.

Ratings of life satisfaction and happiness were at their lowest, on average, for those aged 45 to 59, but those aged 90 and over reported higher life satisfaction and happiness compared with people in their middle years, suggesting that the once you move into retirement, stress levels drop significantly.

"Evidence shows that people are having children later. Therefore another possible reason for lower scores for the middle age groups could result from the burden caused by having to care for both parents and children at the same time," reads the report.

Looking for the maximum amount of happiness in life? The conclusion is simple: grow older and move to Scotland.

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