If you're searching for the key to happiness, you might want to hop on a train and take a one-way ticket to... Bexley. It turns out the leafy suburb in Zone 6 is the happiest in London, according to tweets sent in the borough over the past month. A study featured in Somerset House's Big Bang Data exhibition analysed 1.5 million tweets produced in all 33 boroughs between December 15 and January 16. It found the most positive ones came from the outer boroughs, including Haringey, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham. And naturally, their happy tweets were associated with #Christmas, #happynewyear and #love.
Tweets were judged against a list of 2,500 English words to determine their sentiment, and things looked kinda bleak in areas like Sutton, Enfield and Lewisham. They ranked as the top three unhappiest boroughs in the capital based on tweet topics that included David Bowie, Liverpool Football Club (#lfc) and Celebrity Big Brother (#cbb). Of course, our moods change like the weather and it seems the people of Bexley aren't always in good cheer; the borough was the unhappiest on Blue Monday. Bummer.
To see how your borough ranked, check out the full list below:
4. Barking and Dagenham
7. Kingston upon Thames
9. City and County of the City of London
12. Kensington and Chelsea
14. City of Westminster
17. Tower Hamlets
22. Richmond upon Thames
26. Hammersmith and Fulham
28. Waltham Forest