Spending time with family and friends is the secret of true happiness for Londonderry people, according to a poll for The National Lottery.
More than half of people in the Maiden City (54.8 per cent) are at their most content when with their nearest and dearest, a survey by LucidTalk discovered.
Eating out with loved ones (13.7 per cent) and even going to work (11 per cent) put a smile on the faces of those living in the North-West
But the current economic situation (43.8 per cent) contributed towards people feeling unhappy while a fifth said ill-health (20.5 per cent) made them feel down.
The National Lottery family in Londonderry – the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport NI has invested more than £86 million in almost 1500 projects in the area since 1994. Many of these provide low-cost opportunities or free activities for all the family.
Jackie O’Sullivan from the National Lottery said: “Our research showed that quality time with family and friends beats material possessions, career and even your favourite football team winning a big match as the key to happiness.
“And family is very important to the National Lottery too. National Lottery players have help fund hundreds of projects throughout the North-West many of them offering free, fun and fantastic activities for the whole family to enjoy together.
“This includes more than £2 million to projects associated with the City of Culture celebrations, restoring Derry’s natural heritage such as revamping Brooke Park and helping restore the city’s historic walls.”
National Lottery funding has supported many sporting clubs and organisations and provided invaluable financial assistance to community
If you’d like to find out more about National Lottery funding in Londonderry or any area of NI visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk