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The 10 Happiest Places in Britain

When we think of the British psyche, we tend to think of a stiff upper lip with regard to displays of affection and the recycled World War Two phrase, “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Britain is seen as the

When we think of the British psyche, we tend to think of a stiff upper lip with regard to displays of affection and the recycled World War Two phrase, “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Britain is seen as the elder statesman of Europe, the home of the multicultural metropolis that is London and a country steeped in a sometimes turbulent but usually triumphant history. What we don't normally associate with Brits, though, is a carefree, joyful attitude. Nor, it seems, do Britons themselves. To take a further look at Britain's largely morose mentality, the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) - the national body carrying out analysis of the country - surveyed the levels of happiness, life satisfaction, worthwhileness and anxiety throughout the nation. The survey looks at each county in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and ranks them by each category.

We've taken a look at the findings to bring you the lowdown on the happiest places in Britain. It doesn't take long to realise that if you want to be happy in the United Kingdom, you shouldn't live in the city: London and its surrounding city-centric counties report some of the highest levels of anxiety and below-average levels of happiness. In fact with the exception of one, all the areas in this list are rural parts of the United Kingdom. Each city is ranked by their score out of a possible maximum of ten and while it's a pretty close call on some figures, a clear trend for happiness emerges. So whether you're having a mid- or quarter-life crisis or just planning a holiday, our list of the top 10 happiest places in Britain will definitely lift your spirits.

10 Somerset: 7.3

9 North Yorkshire: 7.4

8 Northumberland: 7.4

7 Cornwall: 7.5

6 Norfolk and Lincolnshire: 7.5

5 Edinburgh, West Lothian, Scottish Borders: 7.5

4 Monmouthshire: 7.6

3 Northern Island: 7.6

2 Dumfries and Galloway and the Highlands: 7.7

1 Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland Islands: 7.9

The happiest place in Britain is yet another Scottish territory, proving that there is plenty of fun to be had in these northern regions. The islands of Eilean Siar, Orkney and the Shetlands are located off the north coast of Scotland and remote at best. But it seems that this only makes these islanders all the happier, with the highest levels of life satisfaction and worthwhileness in the country. These regions also had the lowest levels of anxiety so if you’re looking for a place to distress and cheer up, these rugged islands may well be just what the doctor ordered! And if that weren't good enough for you, the Shetland Islands are also home to the diminutive breed of Shetland ponies, which will bring a smile to anyone's face.

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