Why are Britons miserable on Happiness Day?

Most Britons are not happy to be living in their own country and are open to an overseas move, according to research.

Just 29% of Britons think the UK is a happy place to live and 58% would be happy to move abroad in search of happiness.

The low level of joy among Britons has been uncovered in time for International Day of Happiness, which is marked on 20 March each year.

So what is it about Britain that makes Britons so miserable?

Six out of 10 blamed rudeness and 53% blamed the weather.

Other choices were queues (25%), litter (34%) and, strangely enough, moaners (43%).

The state of politics (41%) was also a popular choice as a cause of everyday unhappiness.

According to the research, Britons cope with their unhappiness through music (47%), family time (44%) and TV(44%).

Some 31% turn to sugar, while 24% use exercise.

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The study is by Swiss herb drop manufacturer Ricola and seems keen to encourage Britons to recognise Switzerland as a happier country.

Unfortunately, however, the study also found that only 36% of British people are able to pinpoint Switzerland on a map of Europe.

Instead, Britons are more likely to identify Australia as the happiest place on Earth.

According to a UN study last week, the world’s happiest place is Finland and Burundi is the least happy.

Finland was followed by Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia in the top 10.

Britain was 19th, one behind the US.

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