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The Work Foundation 2011 Annual Debate: The National Happiness Index - Work will either make or break it but is it a meaningless measure?

06 January 2011

In the second year of The Work Foundation Annual Debate, we tackled a subject that remains a contentious talking point as, for the first time, the government and The Office of National Statistics attempted to measure the UK’s happiness levels. The work is still ongoing and due to be revealed in 2012.

Work (or the lack of it) is bound to be a key factor in how the UK fares in the government’s Happiness Index. Yet, according to some surveys, only one in five UK employees is happy at work. Is the fact that UK citizens spend more time at work than most other nations partly to blame or is it something entirely different?