Think tank the New Economics Foundation has revealed that British mums living in the UK’s most remote spots should be among the happiest mums in the country.
‘Happiness hotspots’ include the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland. Those based in London, Luton and Reading were deemed to have the lowest wellbeing in the UK.
Analysis by NEF found that women are generally more content than men but are also more anxious. With this in mind, it seems logical that mums would be happier in more secluded areas. Children are safer, life is simpler and consequently the stress factor is on the lower end of the spectrum.
Also interesting is that parents tended to be happier than those without children, as were married people and those who live with a partner. Having children is a huge (massive!) responsibility but it is also beautiful and rewarding. Family is companionship for life.
The fact that those who are single are less happy than those who have a spouse and children suggests that we don’t want to be alone – we’re innately social beings and we crave company.
I’ve always thought that home is where the heart is. It’s such a tired cliché but the truth is that well… it’s true. Whether you’re a city mum or a mum who prefers the countryside, your family is what makes your life special and meaningful.
(The NEF analysis is based on the responses of 160,000 people who took part in the ONS Annual Population Survey.)