How’s life going?

Is life really getting better? How can we tell?
Here’s how. With a global index on well-being (of course, I’m so happy!).

Last month, the United Nations published its huge study, the World Happiness Report. And let’s not forget my own DIY Happiness Meter.

But seriously. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Better Life Index presents a clearer understanding of what drives the well-being of people and nations. And more importantly, it’s an indicator for what needs to be done to achieve greater progress for everyone.

According to OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, “Your Better Life Index is an innovative approach toward measuring progress and comparing lives in a way that goes beyond traditional GDP measures.” “This updated version…includ[es] data on gender and inequality…”

Key takeaways from the updated Index include:

  • Regardless of country, people most value a combination of health, education and life satisfaction.
  • Men outnumber women in the labor market and make more money than women, but women fare better in other areas: They live longer, are better educated and in most places, they are happier.
  • Inequality isn’t just about money.

How does it work?
There’s more to life than numbers and stats.

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Traditionally, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been the main measurement to understand economic and social progress. But it has failed to capture many of the factors that influence people’s lives such as security, leisure, income distribution or a clean environment.

The Your Better Life Index compares well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential. The interactive Index involves citizens in this debate, and encourages them to get more informed – and engaged in the policy-making processes that shape our lives.

Create your own Index profile here. Rate the topics according to their importance to you. Compare your profile with other people in your country, or around the world. Share your Index with friends and further the debate on what contributes to a better life.


One Response to “How’s life going?”

  1. Perry_FL Says:

    Hello the curious g:

    This is interesting information, along with your other posts on happiness. I’m compiling information for my high school classes, and I’m going to incorporate some of your posts and links.

    I really like the DIY Happiness Meter download. It may not have been your intention, but it’s a great teaching tool, so thanks for that.

    Keep up the great posts, I enjoy reading.


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