When asked what mattered most to them, people in the UK responded that it's the immaterial things in life that actually make them happy.

This article titled “Happiness: the price of economic growth” was written by Andrew Simms, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 1st August 2011 20.00 UTC

Last week, on the same day that we learned economic growth in the UK was running at a miserly 0.2%, the Office for National Statistics launched a new programme of work on measuring human well-being.

The latter was the result of a month-long survey in which the public were asked what mattered to them. To barely disguised yawns, the answers that came back were, “family, friends, health, financial security, equality and fairness in determining well-being”, according to national statistician Jill Matheson.

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