Rutland is the happiest place to live in England, according to a survey.
The Office of National Statistics says the smallest county was the second happiest place to live in the whole of the UK, only losing out to Orkney and Shetland.
The results are based on a national poll which asked residents across the UK to rate how happy they were with life.It is easy to make fun of this and similar projects, but I think that would be mistaken. Go to the Action for Happiness site and you will read:
For fifty years we've aimed relentlessly at higher incomes. But despite being much wealthier, we're no happier than we were five decades ago. At the same time we've seen an increase in wider social issues, including a worrying rise in anxiety and depression in young people. It's time for a positive change in what we mean by progress.That is surely true. And it is very arguable that it was the increasingly obvious limitations of the post-war 'growth at all costs' philosophy that led to the Liberal revival and the growth of the Green movement.