How do you rate your happiness, on a scale of 1 to 10? The Office for National Statistics asked people to rate their answers for these questions: Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays? Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile? Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday? Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?

How would you define happiness? What impacts on your sense of well-being? Money, a holiday, good health, absence of crises? The research showed that some people’s life experiences fell short of the kind of life they wanted to lead.

Ken Dodd, in his song, ‘Happiness,’ cites the sunset over a mountain, a starry night sky, fields of grain, and the love of another human being. And he thanks God for the blessings of happiness in his soul.

This is the kind of happiness that transcends circumstances and gives deep inner joy.

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