Britons have been giving their personal definitions of well-being as part of an ambitious project to gauge the nation’s happiness.
In acknowledgement of the fact that there is more to life than money, ministers last year asked the Office for National Statistics to devise new questions for its large household surveys that would assess people’s satisfaction with life. The intention is to come up with a “well-being index” to be published alongside traditional economic indicators.
But before well-being can be measured it must be defined, so the independent statisticians have been asking people what they think the term means at public events and in online surveys. Early responses published in January suggested that job security, personal health and relationships with family members matter more than anything else in life.