However, on further inspection, those respondents in the 55+ age bracket cited the here and now as the time they felt their best. Of those over 55, it was again residents of Sheffield that felt their finest at 55+, with 13% stating they've never felt as good as they do in their prime. Asked why they felt so good, a confident 45% of over 55s said it was because they were now happy with their general appearance - contrasting to the mere third of respondents who said their mid twenties was when they felt happy with how they looked, proving that, like a fine wine, we improve with age.
When offered a hypothetical wand to change something about their person, a fifth of the 55+ age bracket cited that they wouldn't change a thing, meaning that for the younger groups, the best is yet to come. Yet for younger Brits, it would seem the battle of the bulge still weighs heavily on the mind with 33% stating excess weight would be the first to go, yet, ironically none of the respondents chose to give themselves more confidence.
Steven Taylor, Marketing Director at Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group commented on the findings, and the campaign as a whole: "The research commissioned has shed real light on how most of us are feeling in our every day lives and what affects our confidence on a daily basis. Although it's upsetting that still so many of us feel so low on a regular occurrence and how little confidence we have, it's refreshing to hear that confidence levels are on the up for the majority of us.
"Our whole campaign is centred around empowering the nation to feel good about themselves, and celebrate their own achievements, however small. We want to highlight these findings and continue to produce a nation of confident and fearless Britons. The research is only the beginning of our Feel Good Campaign so we hope everyone stays tuned for more information in the coming weeks."
Notes to editors
-- 60.9% in Manchester said doing a good deed or helping others made them feel good, similar to those in Southampton, with 62.8% claiming the same-- 32.3% in Norwich said eating chocolate made them feel good - more than any other region-- 33.4% of men felt having their sports team win was important to making them feel good and only 8.4% of women agreed-- 20.8% feel at their best on a Saturday - 34.1% stated this in Belfast compared to just 14.2% in Southampton
Top cities in order of 'happiness'
1. Sheffield2. Edinburgh3. Brighton4. Cardiff5. Liverpool6. Leeds7. London8. Belfast9. Southampton10. Plymouth11. Birmingham12. Newcastle13. Norwich14. Manchester15. Bristol16. Nottingham17. Glasgow
Transform is Britain's largest and most popular cosmetic surgery provider with 38 years' experience 27 clinics across the UK and two hospitals dedicated to cosmetic surgery.
Transform offers a comprehensive and extensive post-operative care programme, included in the cost of the treatments, giving patients that extra peace of mind after surgery.
Transform works with highly qualified and GMC registered cosmetic surgeons and experienced nursing staff.
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(i) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Better Life Index
(ii) Survey of 2,033 UK respondents