Stat of the day: 200,000

The number of people who will take part in David Cameron's 'happiness survey'

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Are you happy? That's what David Cameron et al will be asking 200,000 people as part of their plans to pinpoint broader indicators of wellbeing rather, than just focusing on economic statistics.

From April, the Office for National Statistics will ask four questions probing how happy or anxious the respondent felt yesterday - and the extent to which they feel the things they do in their life are worthwhile. The idea is that measuring wellbeing purely on economic activity misses the real things people value, such as personal relationships. ‘There is more to life than GDP,’ the ONS said. Quite.

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