Find Out About the Study BBC Covered on What Makes Kids Happy

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, birthdays are in the top three on the list of what makes kids happy, led only by friends. This is all the more reason to create the greatest birthday parties that you can. Read what the study had to say.

Friends, family and birthdays top the list of things that UK children say make them happy, a survey suggests. Computer games came in above chocolate, while social networking websites languished below both, in the survey of 1,000 children aged up to 16. Children rated their happiness, on average, at 8.5 out of 10, compared to only 6.5 for adults. The survey was conducted by Opinion Matters, for the Edward Monkton and Purple Ronnie brands.

Boys and girls rated their happiness at fairly similar levels, although there was variation across the UK, with most children in Cardiff, 42.9%, and Leeds, 42.2%, rating their happiness at 10 out of 10. But such levels of happiness were only experienced by 7.7% of children in Belfast, 16.7% in Sheffield and 17.9% in Glasgow.


  1. Playing with friends 83.7%
  2. Your birthday 82.3%
  3. Spending time with family 79.6%
  4. Christmas 75.3%
  5. Your hobbies 74%
  6. Watching a film 67.2%
  7. Doing something nice for someone 64.5%
  8. Computer games 64%
  9. Eating your favorite meal 62.3%
  10. Playing with my toys/gadgets 61.6%
  11. Reading a book 61%
  12. Playing outside 58%
  13. Chocolate 54.9%
  14. Spending pocket money 38.4%
  15. School 36.5%
  16. Going for a walk 36.3%
  17. Playing on/texting on your phone 27.8%
  18. Social networking sites 20.9%

Gender differences emerged on some issues when children were asked what makes them happy. Girls were more enthusiastic than boys about “doing something nice for another person” 69.2% of girls said it made them happy, compared to 58% of boys, “reading a book” 66.4% compared to 53.6%, eating chocolate 58.6% to 49.8% and “playing/texting on your phone” 32.2% to 21.7%. But boys were made happier than girls by playing computer games 71.9% to 58.3% and playing with toys or gadgets 67.9% to 57%. When asked what they thought made their parents happy, “spending time with their children” came out highest, followed by “having a holiday” 50.9% and spending time with each other 45.2%. Only 11.7% of children said “having lots of money” made their parents happy. The survey comes as some UK households are being asked, in a government survey measuring happiness, how satisfied they are with their lives. The Office for National Statistics has added the questions to the existing nationwide Integrated Household Survey, which is currently taking place.

Read the original article about what makes kids contented at BBC News – Friends, family and birthdays ‘make children happiest’.

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