New data has revealed the UK cities where residents report the highest levels of financial, mental and physical wellbeing.
If you’re looking to improve your wellbeing, you might want to start packing your bags.
The study took into account people’s reported levels of financial, mental, social and physical wellbeing to create a cumulative table of the UK’s happiest and healthiest cities.
Coming out on top was London, with Nottingham and Southampton following close behind. People in these cities were most likely to feel good about their financial situation, and engage in activities which took care of their mental, social and physical wellbeing.
Completing the top 10 were Newcastle, Norwich and Birmingham, followed by Liverpool, Bristol and Plymouth, with Edinburgh coming in at 10th.
Surprisingly, almost half (49%) of Londoners reported feeling happy or very happy with their finances, despite the impact of rising house prices and living costs pricing many people out of the capital. That’s compared to around a third of people in Cardiff (28%), Brighton (33%) and Sheffield (34%) who all say they’re unhappy with their financial situation.
It’s good news for our social lives and mental health, however: people are turning to friends and family for support when it comes to their mental health, and as a result, over half of the population feel supported and accepted within their social groups.
While packing up and moving may not be the answer to all your wellbeing woes, it’s worth keeping in mind how your environment can impact our happiness and health in both the short and long term. Making sure we get enough exercise, getting out and about with friends and family and taking care of our mental health are all important steps in keeping ourselves feeling good.
And while where you live can have an impact on the facilities and services available to you, taking steps to boost our own wellbeing with simple self-care tips or seeking support from friends and family is just as important.