Correlations between health and happiness

John Appleby looks at the correlation between health and happiness for the BMJ.

Traditional, largely economic measures – gross domestic product, unemployment rates, etc. – have long been recognised as providing only a partial picture of a nation’s progress or wellbeing. But since 2011 (and following an early commitment by the coalition government in 20102) the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported on an annual UK-wide survey covering around 160,000 members of the public designed to elicit views about their wellbeing.

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