Both men and women find money worries to be the biggest barrier to their happiness, according to a new study.
Money worries are the biggest concern for Brits
In a survey commissioned by Benenden Health, 2,000 UK adults were questioned on 12 different aspects of their life.
It found that men were happier about seven areas: salary, career prospects, body shape, appearance, finances, job security and other people’s perception of them.
Meanwhile, women were happier about more personal areas of their lives, such as health, sex, love, family and living location.
For 46% of the participants, concerns about finances were the most pressing. On average, an additional £132 a month would be needed to ease money worries.
Richard Theo, of ActiveQuote.com, said: “People who are worried about their finances should consider income protection. It will guarantee a fixed income if you were unable to work because of accident, sickness or unemployment.”
As well as more money, the top five factors which would make Brits more content include sunny weather, improved diet, reassurance from their bosses and more time with their children.
The survey also found that married couples are more likely to be happier than single men and women, and people aged 55 and over more likely to rate themselves as eternal optimists.
On average, participants rated their happiness levels at 64%.
Paul Keenan, a spokesman for Benenden Health said: “Given the pessimistic economic outlook, the financial restraints everyone is under and the grim weather, it’s good to discover deep down, there seems to be a positive and forward-looking attitude across Britain.
“Certainly, a positive attitude goes a long way towards creating a feeling of well-being which in turn can only be good for our long term health.”
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