The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published some interesting facts that give an insight into how we feel about our health and wellness and how we measure it.
The report ‘What matters most to personal wellbeing?’ looked at what is more important to people’s own views about their wellbeing.
Self-reported health had the strongest association with personal well-being.
Employment status was the second strongest measure. People who were unemployed had lower personal well-being than those who were employed.
Third was relationship status, with people who were married/in a civil partnership having better personal well-being on average than those who were cohabiting, single, divorced or widowed.
‘Choice’ and ‘control’ have emerged as important themes. For example, it is not just about having a job that is important to personal well-being, but also how content people are with that job situation. Permanent employees who wanted an additional or alternative job had lower personal well-being on average than those who did not want an additional or alternative job.
Gaining an understanding of what influences personal well-being is an important aspect of national well-being, but is only part of a broader picture that draws on a range of economic, social and environmental statistics to show how the country is doing. We often see measures of national wellbeing in the press. These are just some of the key factors.
So how do you feel now?
What influences that?