London: A British survey has revealed the most important factors regarding personal well-being. The study from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that good health and employment are more important to Britons' sense of well-being than their relationships.

People who reported having "very bad" health rated their life satisfaction 2.4 points (out of 10) lower than those in good health, according to the study. Those unemployed for between two and four years had life-satisfaction scores 1.2 points lower on average than people in a permanent job with which they are content, the study revealed.

The third-most important factor in a person's well-being is being in a stable relationship, with single people rating their happiness on average 0.4 points lower than those who are married or in civil partnerships.

According to the ONS, living alone has a poor effect on personal well-being, regardless of relationship status. The study found that households where two or more people live together give higher ratings for their life satisfaction than people living alone.

Race also played a part in people's perceptions of their own happiness. For example, a black person’s life-satisfaction rating was 0.5 points lower on average than a white person's. Those who have a named religion rate their life satisfaction 0.1 points higher and their "happiness yesterday" 0.2 points higher on average than those who do not.

Living in a family unit also has an impact on happiness. Households with dependent children have a higher sense that what they do in life is worthwhile, giving ratings 0.2 points higher on average than those with none.

People's sense of choice and contentment with their situation is also associated with personal well-being, according to the ONS. It revealed that those who are employed but want a different or additional job have lower levels of personal well-being than employed people who are not looking for another job.

(Agencies)

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