The Telegraph 31 March 2014
Eating meals together as a family is to be officially recognised as a mark of happiness as part of David Cameron’s plan to measure Britain’s national “well-being”.
For the first time, the number British families who maintain traditional mealtimes is to be monitored, under plans to expand the so-called “happiness” index.
Children as young as 10 are to be asked how often they argue with their parents and whether they are being bullied at school, including Internet bullying.
They will also be asked to share how they feel about their personal appearance, whether they can confide in their parents about problems and whether they have signed up to social networking sites such as Facebook.
It is part of a new official drive to measure how “harmonious” British families are.