Following the International Day of Happiness (20th March 2021) we have compiled a number of statistics to see how close we are to reaching a goal of 100% long-term wellbeing. Since March 2020, there is no surprise that we have faced unprecedented challenges, and our wellbeing is more important than ever.
Our long term wellbeing is intrinsically linked to our environment which supports the supply of our basic needs of food, water, clean air, and shelter. The protection of the environment also offers opportunities to improve social contact, esteem and self-actualisation.
At present, UK personal wellbeing totals 87.51%, an improvement on last year’s 83.69% (March 2020). Additionally, there has been steady improvement since our last review in December 2020, where a wellbeing score of 86.16% was achieved. It is worth noting that some figures have similar reporting periods and have not been updated from the last quarter.
- Air quality has not improved dramatically, despite reduced activity over lockdown and claims of improvement, and remains similar to figures represented in our December 2020 update.
- UK’s national CO2 emissions- there has been a reduction in the tonnes CO2 per capita, from 5.2 (December) to 4.9 (present) which shows promise for future improvement.
- Social wellbeing statistics indicate that the majority of those in the UK are living satisfied, happy and worthwhile lives. This is a positive sign considering the difficulties experienced over the last year.
- Food security has improved to 78.5% from last year’s 71.9% – climate change and resilience is incorporated into this statistic.
- Slight improvement on crime statistics.
Water and self-actualisation figures remain the same as recorded in December owing to same data collection period.