Does true happiness lie in a slice of pizza?

According to recent research, pizza leads the way when it came to foods that make us feel happy.

The study questioned 2,000 people as part of research which aimed to gain a snapshot of how Brits are coping with the current age of austerity.

Despite spending cuts and the economic downturn, according to the study, Brits are still able to find happiness by tucking into a pizza, ideally while curled up on the sofa watching TV.

Not surprisingly, money was stated to be the biggest contributor to happiness by a high percentage of participants, with an annual salary of £40,000 cited as the ideal wage for consistently positive mood levels. Although a lottery win was voted as the best fast track route to happiness.

The study took into account the views of people from all over the country to see where the happiest people live in Britain. The results show that you’re likely to be happier if you live in East Anglia or Yorkshire, but more on the gloomy side if you reside in the North East or West Midlands.

But the stand-out statistic from the research comes from the happiness enhancing qualities of pizza which was voted the UK’s favourite comfort food along with chocolate.

The research was commissioned for BBC Radio 3 as part of it’s Free Thining Festival which takes place at gateshead this weekend.

So next time you’re feeling down in the dumps, pick up a pizza and see if it lifts your mood, 2,000 Brits can’t be wrong surely?!

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