Strong relationships with family and friends, job security and the good health of loved ones are also much more important than flash cars and exotic holidays.
The claims come from a new Living Well Index which looks at how people cope best with the stresses of modern life.
A poll of 8250 people by experts at Oxford Economics and the National Centre for Social Research found that the average person has a Living Well score of 62.2 out of 100.
Those living best are defined as the 20% with top scores between 72 and 92.
Researchers claim that those who regularly get a good night’s sleep enjoy an improvement in well-being greater than the impact of a four-fold increase in spending money. “Sleep was the strongest indicator of a broader sense of well-being,” they said. “The majority of those with the highest Living Well scores reported feeling well rested most of the time, while more than half of those in the bottom 20% of the Index said that they rarely, or never, felt well rested.”
Researchers revealed job security ranked number three in a measure of well-being. “Among working people, 43% of those with the highest Index scores also experience a very high degree of job security,” they explained.
The study found most people are more concerned about the health of close relatives, rather than their own ailments. And being part of a community can offer much more comfort than having money in the bank.
The study, funded by Sainsbury’s, found that people speak to their neighbours once or twice a month. By contrast, those most happy with their lives chat to neighbours at least once or twice a week.- Daily Mail