I’m afraid we have some bad news for you if you’re not a believer in a higher power.
As reported by the Huffington Post, new research claims that religious people from all different faiths are happier than those who have no religion.
Official data released by the Office for National Statistics earlier today confirmed that all of the faiths in the UK are happier than atheists.
Hindus are the happiest, scoring well above the national average. Christians were the second happiest, followed by Sikhs and Buddhists. Those who followed these religions were happier than the average person, who scored a happiness rating of 7.38 out of 10.
On average, Hindus scored a rating of 7.57 for happiness, followed by Christians at 7.47, Sikhs with 7.45 and Buddhist at 7.41.
Happiness among Jews fell below the national average, with a rating of 7.37, and Muslims had the lowest happiness ranking of the religions listed, with a score of 7.33.
However, Atheists were the unhappiest, scoring just 7.22.
The ONS analysed well-being data for more than 300,000 adults in the UK, collected between 2012 and 2015.
Four areas of a person’s well-being were assessed, in addition to ‘happiness’, ‘life satisfaction’, ‘worthwhile’ and ‘anxiety’ were also ranked.
The Huffington Post