Some Wellbeing/Wellbeing-related Indices (Briefing note 5)

The government is, according to a Guardian report, “poised to start measuring people’s psychological and environmental wellbeing, bidding to be among the first countries to officially monitor happiness”. This follows an earlier working paper put out by the Office for National Statistics.
The Relationships Foundation has long argued that there’s more to life than GDP. Just before the recent general election our pamphlet A Relationships State of the Nation made the case for assessing the relationships that are important for wellbeing. This assessment would hold up a mirror to our society and ask: do we like what we see, do we like the direction in which we are travelling?
The following briefing note reviews some of the work that is currently being done in the area of wellbeing/wellbeing related indices. Clearly, some of these indices merit stronger consideration than others.


briefing note 5

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