19 March 2014
The ability to keep positive no matter what challenges we’re facing is a skill we could all benefit from. It’s certainly one that I admire, and looking at the results of an Office for National Statistics survey yesterday, I think Britain has it in spades.
It turns out 77% of adults over 16 rated their life satisfaction at between seven and ten out of ten between 2012 and 2013. Whilst you might argue that this simply means we’re happy to settle for less, I think there’s a different explanation. Under a quarter of people surveyed trusted the government and the amount of people who felt content with their income dropped, yet we still find ways to rise above these kinds of problems when we could easily let them have a negative impact on our wellbeing.
By no means does this imply we’re going to stop telling the government what we want or encouraging business owners to value their employees more, but what it does show is that Britain – on the whole – is a country full of resilient, positive people. Today, the chancellor reveals his plans for the budget and hopefully they will help our economy rather than damaging it. Either way, I think it’s important to remember that everything we need to succeed is within. After all, we’re not called Great Britain for nothing!