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4.1 Measuring well-being

One of the ways that the Office for National Statistics measures personal well-being is by asking people how happy they are. Use Activity 5 to consider how different aspects of life create different degrees of well-being.

Activity 5 Measuring well-being

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Table 1 shows an estimate of the positive and negative impact of different activities on well-being.

Table 1 Impact of activities on well-being

ActivityImpact on well-being
Connecting with people+10%
Joining community groups+8%
Physical exercise+8%
Hobbies and new interests+6%
Keep learning+6%
Physical injury-12%
Social isolation-14%
(adapted from empowerME2, 2010)

How might the activities above play out for you? Which are the factors that make a big difference to your overall feeling of happiness?

Positive factors might be seeing grandchildren regularly or admiring your salad plants; or you might feel held back by worries about the state of your roof.

Taking stock – even by something as small as writing things down – can help identify where you can direct your energy to make the biggest difference.

Note down any observations.

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