Hindus are the happiest among all the religious communities/groups of United Kingdom (UK), according to a latest study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), UK’s National Statistical Institute.
The ONS study which was released earlier this month analysed happiness and personal well being of more than 300,000 people over three years, between 2012 and 2015.
Quantifying Happiness by Personal Characteristics on a 11 point scale, it gave Hindus the average (mean rating) of 7.57, followed by Christians at the second place at 7.47, Sikhs (7.45), Buddhists (7.41), Jews (7.37), Muslims (7.33), Any other Religion (7.26); while people with “No Religion” were at the bottom of the list with 7.22.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, congratulated UK’s Hindu community for earning the title of most happy group which he attributed to continuing with the traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education, sanctity of marriage, etc amidst so many distractions.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, advised Hindus to focus on inner search, stay pure, explore the vast wisdom of scriptures, make spirituality more attractive to youth and children, stay away from the greed, and always keep God in your life.
Rajan Zed also commended ONS for thinking beyond Gross Domestic Product and looking into what actually was more meaningful for the public and helped in making decisions regarding their quality of life.
Headquartered in Newport, South Wales, ONS is the largest producer of official statistics in the UK besides conducting census in England and Wales. John Pullinger is National Statistician.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion followers and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal.