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Measuring well-being: “How’s Life? 2015”

Oct 21, 2015 | News

(21 October 2015) – How’s Life? describes the essential ingredients that shape people’s well-being in OECD and partner countries. This third edition of How’s Life? develops our understanding of well-being in new ways, with a special focus on child well-being.

The report introduces new measures to capture some of the natural, human, social and economic resources that play a role in supporting well-being over time.

A chapter on volunteering suggests that volunteer work can create a virtuous circle: doing good makes people feel good, and brings a variety of other well-being benefits to both volunteers and to society at large.

Finally, the report looks at inequalities in well-being across different regions within countries, demonstrating that where people live can shape their opportunities for living well.

How’s Life? is part of the OECD Better Life Initiative, which features a series of publications on measuring well-being, as well as the Better Life Index, an interactive website that aims to involve citizens in the debate about what a better life means to them.

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