What kind of HAPI are you?



You might be surprised to know that understanding the nation’s happiness is high on the Government’s agenda.

Well-being put simply is about ‘how we are doing’ as individuals, communities, a nation and how sustainable this is for the future. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has measured National Well-being since July 2012. They define it as looking at ‘Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and beyond’. It includes headline indicators in ten domains: health, relationships, education and skills, what we do, where we live, personal finances, the economy, governance, our natural environment and personal well-being.

Why is it important? 2015 figures showed that Britain was around a fifth less productive per worker than the G7 average, and 33% below the US.

Ok, so happiness and well-being isn't going to solve productivity – it's a complex subject – but understanding the issues and the data is a good starting point.

To read the ONS data, visit here.


Ever wondered what makes you hapi?
Now’s your chance to find out.


Question 1 of 9

If you had to describe
yourself, you would say
"I am...

Question 2 of 9

You discover a potion
of good health.
Do you...

Question 3 of 9

In a freak accident you
become super skilled!
Your superhero name is...

Question 4 of 9

You have a magical watch that
gives you an extra day a week.
What do you do?

That's over halfway

Question 5 of 9

Local residents vote for the
new use of a plot of land
near your house
You vote for...

Question 6 of 9

Your perfect date
would be...

Question 7 of 9

Congratulations! You’ve won
£20 million on the lottery
How do you spend it?

* Disclaimer: you haven't really

Question 8 of 9

In your dreams
Where do you live?

Almost there!

Question 9 of 9

At work, a genie grants
you one amazing wish.
What would it be?

(Last one!)


You are:


Loving and living a long life is the name of your
game - your personal, physical and mental
health and well-being are where you get your
happiness from. You’ve got a big heart and you
intend to look after it!

To identify your ‘H’ HAPI preference we used Office
for National Statistics (ONS) data and the definition
for 'Health and Personal Wellbeing'.

You’re at your happiest when you’re achieving your
goals, volunteering and getting involved. Being a
part of something meaningful and loving what you
do is what floats your boat - the SS Happiness.

To identify your ‘A’ HAPI preference we used Office
for National Statistics (ONS) data and the definitions
for 'What We Do', 'Personal Finance' and 'Education and Skills'.

You’re at your happiest when you’ve cultivating
meaningful relationships; you’ve got a safety net of
support and you’re a party animal. Shared experiences
with others are where you get your kicks.

To identify your ‘P’ HAPI preference we used Office
for National Statistics (ONS) data and the definition
for 'Our Relationships'.

Doing your bit to save the planet and making a
difference to the world around you is the key to making
the world a happier place. You know you can’t save it
on your own, but you’re looking after the forests and
you’ve got the fullest recycling bin on the street.

To identify your ‘I’ HAPI preference we used Office
for National Statistics (ONS) data and the definitions
for 'Natural Environment' and 'Where We Live'.

View some of the ONS Stats

HEALTH = Data covering self reported illness, disability, life expectancy, psychological health and overall satisfaction with health.

Almost 60% are satisfied with their health.

Personal Wellbeing = Data covering overall sense of happiness, self-worth and mental well being, including levels of anxiety.

One in three feel the things they do are very worthwhile and just over one in four are very satisfied with their life overall. A third rated their happiness yesterday as very high. Sadly, around 18% are experiencing some form of anxiety.

For more detail visit www.ons.gov.uk/well-being

ACCOMPLISHMENT = What we do how we use our personal and work time, unemployment rates as well as exercise, volunteering and satisfaction with personal time.

Surprisingly, we’re a lazy bunch. Only 35.8% of the population undertake 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least once per week.

Education and skills = GCSE attainment levels, skills and competencies of the labour force.

The good news – more people are getting good qualifications - the number of people in the UK with no qualifications is only 8.6% and going down.

Personal finance = Household earnings and wealth and how people are coping financially.

53.7% are ‘satisfied’ with their household income.
Sadly, 32.9% are only just getting by or find it quite or very difficult to get by financially.

For more detail visit www.ons.gov.uk/well-being

PEOPLE = Data covering our relationships, personal interactions, family life and who we rely on for support.

84.1% have a family member, spouse or friends they can rely on if they had a serious problem.

Satisfaction with family life scored 8.2 out of 10 and satisfaction with social life scored 7.1 out of 10.

For more detail visit www.ons.gov.uk/well-being

IMPACT = Our relationship with our physical environment, environmental quality, green house gas emissions, protected areas, recycling rates and renewable energy consumption.

89.2% of respondents are satisfied with their accommodation.

44.9% of household waste is recycled – there’s been little or no change over the last few years.

Although 63.3% feel they belong to their community, it’s a decline from previous years.

For more detail visit www.ons.gov.uk/well-being

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Why HAPI matters

Britain is now around a fifth less productive per worker than the G7 average, and a jaw dropping 40 per cent below the US.1

Studies show that happy employees:2

1 6 March 2015, The Telegraph
2 Shawn Achor - author of The Happiness Advantage