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Nationwide survey explores context for GE's education resource, Build My Future.

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A nation wide survey undertaken by 'You Gov' for GE in the UK showed the importance of a balance of four aspects of life for happiness and success. The survey was commissioned by GE to give context to 'Build My Future' a new resource for GE volunteers going in to schools to help adolescents identify actions that can improve their chances of a happy and successful future.

Press reports - 


  27 Dec 2013, p21

Headline - The secret of success? Ask a married Scot


27 Dec 2013, p15

Headline - Thistle Do me 

express_logo_christmas27th December 2013

A poll has suggested that married people are happier on average

A poll has suggested that married people are happier on average

Those who are married, rather than simply in a relationship, are happier with their personal levels of success than anyone else, a poll has found.

For most of us, ­success is not about fame or fortune but rather about such things as ­having good friends and enjoying good health.

A Happiness Poll of 2,000 adults, by healthcare to energy giant GE, found more than half – 52 per cent – were either happy or very happy with their level of success. But for those who were married or in a civil partnership, the figure rose to 60 per cent.

Happiness with personal levels of success also rises as people get older, perhaps because they can look back on what they have achieved.

Success does not merely depend on money in the bank. The happiest people appear to be those with the best work-life balance, who can spend time with friends or family. Three-quarters of those aged 55-plus say they have the balance right, compared with just over half of 16 to 24-year-olds.

GE, whose businesses include energy, finance, transport, health and aerospace, commissioned the study to launch a schools educational ­programme called Build My Future.

Its UK chief executive Mark Elborne said: “Success is not just about fame and fortune, it is about achieving what you set out to achieve.

“Having family, security, skills that make you stand out or a good ­ network of friends, family and workmates are seen by individuals as the measure of personal success.

“It is interesting to note the importance of balance to ensure people feel happy and successful in life.”

 

ITV  Thu 26 Dec 2013

People in Wales 'most confident' finds poll

The poll found people in Wales are 'happy' with their levels of citizenship Credit: PA Images

People in Wales rank first in Britain in terms of confidence, according to a new poll.

A survey by GE found among a total 2049 adults, 54% of people here felt they had a skill which made them stand out from the crowd.

That's compared with 48% of people across Britain, falling to 41% in the south east.

Those in Wales are also amongst the most happy with their involvement in environmental and political issues.

Less positively, the Welsh are among the least happy in the UK with their levels of personal success, with only 46% being happy with this area of their lives.

Health was ranked as the most important factor for personal happiness in Wales - something which was reflected nationwide.

The overall findings showed that personal levels of success rises as a person gets older.

It also revealed those most happy in Britain are the ones with the best balance between work and life, with time to spend with friends and family.

Mark Elborne, CEO and President of GE in the UK and Ireland said:

"Success is not just about fame and fortune; it is about achieving your goals. Having a strong network of friends and family, good health as well as skills or interests are seen by people as the measure of personal success.

"The research clearly shows that a balanced approach to life helps people feel happy and successful."

    26 December 2013

Those who are married, rather than simply in a relationship, are happier with their personal levels of success than anyone else, a poll has found.

For most of us, ­success is not about fame or fortune but rather about such things as ­having good friends and enjoying good health.

A Happiness Poll of 2,000 adults, by healthcare to energy giant GE, found more than half – 52 per cent – were either happy or very happy with their level of success. But for those who were married or in a civil partnership, the figure rose to 60 per cent.

Happiness with personal levels of success also rises as people get older, perhaps because they can look back on what they have achieved.

Success does not merely depend on money in the bank. The happiest people appear to be those with the best work-life balance, who can spend time with friends or family. Three-quarters of those aged 55-plus say they have the balance right, compared with just over half of 16 to 24-year-olds.

GE, whose businesses include energy, finance, transport, health and aerospace, commissioned the study to launch a schools educational ­programme called Build My Future.

Its UK chief executive Mark Elborne said: “Success is not just about fame and fortune, it is about achieving what you set out to achieve.

“Having family, security, skills that make you stand out or a good ­ network of friends, family and workmates are seen by individuals as the measure of personal success.

“It is interesting to note the importance of balance to ensure people feel happy and successful in life.”

Want to feel like a success? Just get married! Tying the knot is key to a happy life

  • Nearly two-thirds of married people consider themselves a success
  • Just 52 per cent of those 'living in sin' did the same, a survey found
  • Over-55s feel more 'balanced' in their lives than 18-24-year-olds

Bachelors take note. When it comes to success, it seems the secret is not wealth or fame but that little ring on your finger.

Married people are more likely to feel successful than those who are merely in a relationship, a survey has found.

This may be because many of us feel that success is not simply about money, said the researchers.

Instead, it is about achieving what we want in life, from strong friendships to good health.

The Happiness Poll of 2,000 adults, by GE, found 52 per cent were either happy or very happy with their personal levels of success.

This rises to 59 per cent of those living in Scotland, the highest of any region in Britain, and falls to just 42 per cent of Geordies, the lowest in the country

People in Wales 'most confident' finds poll

The poll found in Wales are 'happy' with their levels of citizenshipCredit: PA Images

People in Wales rank first in Britain in terms of confidence, according to a new poll.

A survey by GE found among a total 2049 adults, 54% of people here felt they had a skill which made them stand out from the crowd.

That's compared with 48% of people across Britain, falling to 41% in the south east.

Those in Wales are also amongs the most happy with their involvement in environmental and political issues.

Less positively, the Welsh are among the least happy in the UK with their levels of personal success, with only 46% being happy with this area of their lives.

Health was ranked as the most important factor for personal happiness in Wales - something which was reflected nationwide.

The overall findings showed that personal levels of success rises as a person gets older.

It also revealed those most happy in Britain are the ones with the best balance between work and life, with time to spend with friends and family.

Mark Elborne, CEO and President of GE in the UK and Ireland said:

"Success is not just about fame and fortune; it is about achieving your goals. Having a strong network of friends and family, good health as well as skills or interests are seen by people as the measure of personal success.

"The research clearly shows that a balanced approach to life helps people feel happy and successful."

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What is GE doing with this research?

'Build My Future' is a new education, health and wellbeing programme for 13/14 year olds, made possible by a GE Foundation grant and designed in partnership with the educational charity My Future My Choice.

Build My Future uses business volunteers and fun practical activities to enable young people to discover that a balance and strength in four important aspects of life can help build success and happiness:

1. Skills - skills and qualifications

2. Health - physical and emotional

3. Community- social, political and environmental awareness

4. Social Networks - building relationships and engagement with others

Build My Future was launched in November 2013 and will be rolled out in 2014 with more GE Sites and other businesses keen for their staff to volunteer in schools

Build My Future works as a card game played with a volunteer to produce a life size puppet with a past and a future that is understood by its young creators.

The Build my Future programme would like to hear from schools, businesses, agencies and charities that are interested in using the resources. Please get in touch. info@myfuturemychoice.co.uk

 

 

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