Brighton and Hove named ‘happiest city in UK’

Brighton Pier
Brighton Pier

The ‘sea air and sunny weather’ could be the reasons why Brighton and Hove has been rated the ‘Happiness capital’ of the UK, researchers said.

In a survey commissioned for health brand 9NINE Super Seed, Brighton and Hove came out top in the happiness rankings, and third for satisfaction.

The Happiest Cities in the UK, by 9NINE Super Seed

The Happiest Cities in the UK, by 9NINE Super Seed

It said over a third of the city’s populace surveyed chose the word ‘happy’ to describe their lives.

At the other end of the scale, just 16 per cent of Edinburgh residents described their lives as ‘happy’, favouring the words ‘anxious’ and ‘depressed’.

Kerry Collinge, marketing director for 9NINE Super Seed, said: “Brighton residents have found themselves topping our happiest city chart. Maybe it’s the sea air and sunny weather that keeps them smiling!”

The study, which quizzed 3,000 Brits, also looked into the ways we boost our mood and found three in five look to bed for comfort in hard times, while over half lean on family for support.

Typical British weather is most likely to get us feeling down in the dumps, with 40 per cent claiming that inclement weather has a negative effect on their emotions.

Most Brits believe that they will be at their happiest at the age of 33, and just over a third believe that their best years are now behind them.

An optimistic fifth think that they are currently having the time of their lives.