London: David Cameron's much-ridiculed happiness survey has found that what truly makes people glad is money. The 2-million-pound state research project revealed that those who have more money are a lot happier with their lives.

It found that the poorest people are the least happy, while people in the higher tax bracket are the most satisfied, daily reported.

However, there is also a 'squeezed middle' of people on middle incomes who appear slightly less happy than those lower down or higher up in the earnings league table.

The findings brought fresh criticism of the huge research project launched by the Prime Minister, which attempts to measure the country's well-being by means other than wealth and spending.

The survey appeared to show that happiness, life satisfaction, anxiety and other emotional states are in fact closely linked to wealth and spending.

The Office for National Statistics inquiry into well-being and personal finance was based on a survey covering 1,100 homes a month.

It asks people to rate their satisfaction with life, how worthwhile they think their lives are, and their levels of happiness and anxiety on the previous day, all on a scale out of 10.

It found that "those in the lowest two personal income groups had the lowest mean scores for life satisfaction, worthwhile and happy yesterday. These income groups also recorded the highest mean scores for anxious yesterday."

(Agencies)

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