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We’re happy and we know it thanks to the Olympics

Three fingers painted with smiley faces

There’s nothing like a bit of gold and a spot of sunshine to bring out the best in Brits. We have that warm fuzzy feeling and we’re buzzing with pride. As a nation our outlook on life’s on the up – thanks to the Olympics.

The success of Team GB appears to have had an overall positive effect on the nation – and I’m not just talking about the trophy cabinet. Our research has shown that we were happier during the Olympics than the month before.

We’re regularly capturing the public’s feelings towards life satisfaction (the monthly Which? consumer tracker) to see if things are improving for consumers. When quizzed, the number of people saying they were satisfied with life overall increased to 62% during the first week of the Olympics from 53% in June.

People told us they were more satisfied with their household income, standard of living and leisure time than they were in June. Perhaps we all made a conscious effort to make time for the Olympics?

Community spirit for the Olympics

I’ve certainly enjoyed the feeling of unity and celebration as we gathered to mark the Games – and I have to confess I was originally a bit of a sceptic. I had nothing against them, I just didn’t realise it would bring everyone quite this much pleasure – myself included.

I visited the big screens in our local park and particularly enjoyed watching the opening ceremony with hundreds, if not thousands, of other local residents. I’ve also enjoyed the fabulous coverage of every sport you could dream of on the television and online – and trust me I’m not a sporting lady – especially when I finally discovered the red button on my TV!

Is it a London thing?

I’ve also enjoyed a very pleasant commute the past fortnight. Yes, the trains have been a bit quieter as those fearful of getting caught in the crowds have steered clear of London, but the journeys have also been more colourful. Lots of travellers have been dressed in their national colours, and Games Makers have taken pride of place on our trains and brightened up my mornings.

I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by the buzz of events, living in the south-east and working in London, but have you felt the affects across the UK? What have been your highlights and what has lifted your spirits?

Comments
Member

I’m not at all happy with the olympics.
They said it came in on budget – orignal figure £2.4 billion – final figure about £11.0 billion. If that’s on budget then I’m missing something.
Yet the government says it can’t afford £1.3 billion pa to provide more help for those who need to go into care !
At the same time it’s also proposing to spend £25 billion on HS2 – the fares will be even more expensive than the current ones, and thousands of people will have to suffer disruption where the line passes nearby. Many studies show that it is likely that the governments projections of passengers and income are vastly overstated.
Am I happy – NO i’m not.

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Argus says:
13 August 2012

Redkite, unless you are in a position to know for a fact that the figures you quoted are true, then I suggest it’s worth piping down a bit.

You appear to have wound yourself up there with a load of conjecture.

Member

The media build up messed it up for me.

They led us to believe that there would be huge security issues, mass traffic problems, and that generally we were not ready to host the Olympics.

As a result I stayed at home, didn’t watch much of it, and didn’t apply for tickets. Now it seems that it ran very well, and there were no problems and it was a huge success, with plenty of tickets available.

Thanks for that, I missed out.

Member
Argus says:
13 August 2012

Probably best not to believe everything you read then Rich 😉

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Phil says:
13 August 2012

You might’ve guessed that the British media would’ve accentuated every negative aspect, it’s what they do.

Member

Well, the Olympics has left me on a high. I was lucky enough to go to the park, and one event, despite having no luck with the tickets system (some friends were very generous). But for the most part my excitement was built by watching all the medals roll in on TV. London has had a great atmosphere, and generally the success for Team GB has had a warming affect. You can’t not feel good after watching this video of the team:

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Steve Lewis says:
13 August 2012

The opening ceremony exceeded my expectations & lifted the nation’s mood. My one real desire was to see Tom Daley get a medal & what a tense night that was – so pleased for him!

Member
Sophie Gilbert says:
13 August 2012

Surrounded by mass hysteria I have felt a sense of absolute calm.

Member

You must agree that the synchronised hero worship was outstanding, Sophie.