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
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
|Activity||Impact on well-being|
|Connecting with people||+10%|
|Joining community groups||+8%|
|Hobbies and new interests||+6%|
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.