The term quality of life is used to evaluate the general well-being of individuals and societies. The term is used in a wide range of contexts, including the fields of international development, healthcare, and politics. Quality of life should not be confused with the concept of standard of living, which is based primarily on income. Instead, standard indicators of the quality of life include not only wealth and employment, but also the built environment, physical and mental health, education, recreation and leisure time, and social belonging.
It seems that governments are interested in knowing how happy the population is. But how you measure happiness when you admitted yourselves that it can mean different things to different people
Let´s take a look. The National Accounts of Wellbeing based on detailed survey responses across Europe score our perceptions of work, social and personal life to come up with an indicators, such as positive and negative feelings, self-esteem, optimism, autonomy etc and done a comparison between some countries in Europe. The results are fascinating, you can compare two countries or one country and the average or the results for men and women, have a look for yourselves by clicking here . Quite revealing, isn´t it?
I would like you to try the questionnaire to find out your level of wellbeing. Please click here and answer the questions.
However there are some cynics from The Guardian that suggest these are the real questions if you want to find out your level of happiness.
Now in a dynamic style but a tad more seriously, Dan Gilbert, Harvard psychologist, reveals some surprising facts about happiness.