Thursday, 28 August 2008

Most Cheerful Places

1. Powys
2. Manchester
3. West Lothian
4. Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and Monklands
5. Macclesfield

Source: British Household Panel Survey

Using data from the British Household Panel Survey, where people were asked about their sense of wellbeing, the researchers were able to draw up a map of happiness down to district level across England, Scotland and Wales.

But the team from the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester stress that happiness is more a product of personal circumstances than physical location.

Do I disagree? Well yes, Powys is just full of smiling sheep LOL

SOCIAL FACTORS - RATHER THAN GENETICS - ARE TO BLAME FOR HUGE VARIATIONS IN ILL HEALTH AND LIFE EXPECTANCY AROUND THE WORLD, A REPORT CONCLUDES.

The report concludes "social injustice is killing people on a grand scale".

The average life expectancy in London's wealthy Hampstead was 11 years longer than in nearby St Pancras.

"A more effective way of increasing life expectancy and improving health would be for every government policy and programme to be assessed for its impact on health and health equity; to make health and health equity a marker for government performance."

"People need the opportunity, the possibility, to take control of their lives - but the conditions need to be right to allow them to do that." Sir Michael Marmot WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health

Our wonderful Government says it is doing that but then they lie and the citizens of Manchester smile because they know they do. The lesson of Peterloo is not lost.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterloo_Massacre

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