Contentment Levels Are Sky-High In The County
Essex is famous for lots of reasons, but perhaps one of the least talked about is how friendly the locals are. Find out why they’re so cheery!
Have you ever noticed how friendly, chatty and confident people from Essex are? Whether your experience is of viewing Essex celebs on reality TV shows, or actually spending time in the county, you can’t help but be won over by the natural charm and smiles of people who live here. But why is that people from Essex are always smiling? Moreso than other areas of the south-east or London? Well it seems that they’ve a lot to be content with.
Voted Happiest Place To Live
Essex is a large county, branching from areas that lie within Outer London to much more rural locations neighbouring Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. There are many beautiful and desirable spots to live within the county, but Chelmsford is undoubtedly one of the best. In 2017, the county town was voted the sixth happiest place to live in the whole of the UK, based on a survey of thousands of Brits. Chelmsford was only beaten by Brighton, Leicester, Portsmouth, Oxford and Newcastle who took the top five places respectively.
However, Chelmsford did manage to make the number four spot for the place with the best overall life satisfaction. So it’s fairly easy to see why Chelmsfordians are incredibly happy.
On The Map
Love them or loathe them, reality TV shows like ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ (TOWIE) have really helped to put Essex on the map, and let’s face it, with peak viewing figures of 1.5 million per episode, people want to know more about the place and the people who live here. Although it’s technically a scripted reality series, the show does offer some insight into what’s so great about living in Essex. Some are attracted to the clubs which scream glamour and celebrities, whilst others can’t wait to visit the shops. Those living in or near to Essex are spoiled for choice when it comes to a great retail experience – you can either visit the enormous Lakeside Shopping Centre, now known as Intu Lakeside, with over 250 shops, hit the fashion outlets at Freeport Braintree, or visit the famous boutiques of Ropers Yard in Brentwood. You’re bound to break out into a grin after a shopping trip here!
Making The Most Of Their Looks
People from Essex like to take pride in their appearance and this could be a key reason as to why they seem to be happier in general than those from other areas. A recent paper published by the Journal of Happiness Studies concluded that good-looking people were happier with their lives when they focused on their physical appearance. Even those people who aren’t naturally attractive can achieve a much higher level of contentment if they invest in their looks either with cosmetic enhancements such as lip fillers or false lashes. In terms of having an attractive smile, The Essex Smile Centre explains that better alignment or teeth discolouration can easily be fixed with some minor dental procedures. By making small changes to your image, you can give your self-confidence a huge boost.
If you’re not already living in Essex, then why not come and visit one of the beaches, parks or shopping centres? The friendly, cheerful nature of the locals is bound to rub off on you!