The UK has been ranked the fourth happiest place in Europe when it comes to satisfaction with our homes, according to the GoodHome Report, the largest study of its kind ever conducted.
The research, which included a survey of 13,489 people across Europe, asking them a series of questions about happiness and the home, found that the Netherlands ranks number one for satisfaction with their homes, followed by Germany in second and Denmark in third.
Poor natural light, bad air quality and a lack of space were revealed as some of main reasons Brits are not satisfied with their living situation.
The study also revealed that despite the trope of location being everything, people viewed having access to green space as more important than where they live.
The report found our homes account for 15% of our total happiness – with health and fitness scoring 14%, and what we earn just 6%.
The report was created with independent thinktank The Happiness Research Institute, who stated that whether people lived in the city or countryside, it ‘made no significant difference to happiness.’
The report also shows that whether we own or rent has little impact on our happiness.
Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, commented: “Our research shows that often we look for happiness in the wrong places. “Sometimes what we think makes us happy and what really makes us happy are not the same - the report builds on the belief that our homes shape our lives.
“They are where we find comfort and safety, where we let our guard down and connect with our loved ones.
“In a world demanding more and more of our attention, our homes are where we can retreat and seek refuge.”
Home happiness levels across Europe (score out of 10):
1. Netherlands - 7.69
2. Germany - 7.60
3. Denmark - 7.47
4. UK - 7.40
5. Spain - 7.22
6. France - 7.17
7. Romania - 7.11
8. Italy - 7.02
9. Poland - 6.92
10. Russia - 6.57
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