Getting married makes people happier with their lives than earning big salaries, having children or believing in God, new research shows.
A major study of the nation’s well-being also reveals graduates and high earners are more anxious than people who only have A-levels or have more modest incomes.
But personal health has the biggest impact on life satisfaction, happiness and whether people feel what they do is worthwhile, the Office for National Statistics revealed.
The happiness survey was launched by David Cameron to assess the state of the nation beyond economic factors.
The Office for National Statistics asked 160,000 people to rate their satisfaction with life, feeling that their life is worthwhile, how happy they felt yesterday and how anxious they felt yesterday on a scale of one to 10.