Olympics boosts mood of people in the south

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THE Olympics and the Jubilee have made people living in the south happier, according to a joint survey.

BBC Radio Solent’s Happiness Hundred panel, which is conducted along with the University of Portsmouth, follows 100 listeners to chart their happiness levels over the course of the year.

It has found that the London Games gave them a boost, and people were more positive when the weather allowed them to get out and about more.

An average happiness level of 7.4 out of 10 was reported back during round three of the survey for September, an increase from 7.2 out of 10 reported in June this year.

Dr Laura Hyman, from the University of Portsmouth, said: ‘Happiness levels have increased round-on-round and events such as the Olympics and the Jubilee may partially explain this increase.’