Reasons to be Cheerful: Being a 12 year old boy who eats dinner with his family

Tom Benton

22 December 2010

Background statistical data

Given current interest in a wellbeing index that measures happiness, the results of a survey recently carried out by NFER on behalf of the Department for Education, produced some interesting results.

As part of the Tellus4 Survey, over 32, 000 school children, in years 6, 8 and 10, where asked to rate how they felt about the statement "I feel happy about life at the moment". Having analysed their responses to this question the NFER’s Centre for Statistics have considered how these relate to other findings in the survey and look at the conclusions that can be made as to how various aspects of their life affect their happiness.