In our Sense of Wellbeing Check, we asked our community a question used by the Office of National Statistics to measure happiness, to give a snapshot of how people are feeling: "Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?"
The graph below shows the average score to this question over the last 20 weeks, where 0 is 'not at all happy' and 10 is 'completely happy.' The pink line highlights the start of lockdown. Interestingly, happiness levels appear to maintain well, despite people being confined to their homes.
Certain lifestyle factors are linked to happiness. We looked at answers to questions asked across our community in areas such as exercise, fruit consumption, and sleep satisfaction. We then compared these answers with overall happiness levels. Here's what you told us.
In the graph below, the green bars indicate higher levels of happiness, the pink bars indicate lower levels. As you can see, people who are satisfied with their skin tend to be happiest, whereas people whose sleep affects their daily life tend to report the lowest happiness levels.
If you're struggling to get enough shut-eye, tap here to discover our steps to improve your sleep.
We have compared our community's happiness levels with age. Looking at the graph below, we asked our community the same question used by the Office of National Statistics: "Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?" where 0 is 'not at all happy' and 10 is 'completely happy.' The green line represents male users, the yellow line represents female users.
The graph tells us that happiness levels in our community tend to steadily increase with age for both genders until the age of around 75 where it peaks. Happiness does tend to be slightly higher for men than women until 80-years-old. For men, happiness then decreases sharply.
*Statistically significant at the 99% confidence level; †Statistically significant at the 95% confidence level; ‡Statistically significant at the 90% confidence level
Insights disclaimer: "Healthy diet" and "good diet" are defined by users reporting that they consume: two or more portions of fruit OR two or more portions of veg OR two or more portions of fish/seafood OR two or more portions of healthy grains; OR at least one portion of oily fish. Statistical significance is determined by 25 sets of ordinary least squares regressions - 5 for each of these diet categories - where we take the most conservative ( or "worst-case") level of statistical significance reported across all relevant models to hold for "healthy" or "good" diet. (E.g. if one out of the 5 models for sex life satisfaction showed statistical insignificance, we would report that the correlation between a "good" diet and sex life satisfaction is statistically insignificant.) Statistical significance of all other insights refer to that reported by a single model.
Gender difference graph disclaimer: Based on data from over 17,000 users. Testing for whether the differences between Males' and Females' responses are statistically significantly different from zero is done using linear regression, where the relevant question response is regressed on a binary gender indicator.
Trend line disclaimer: These graphs use information provided by over 24,000 Evergreen Life users. Percentages are displayed with a 95% confidence interval.