It’s official: work makes people happy. So says a wellbeing report which highlights the positive effect of having a job on people’s state of ‘happiness’.
Three articles from The Office of National Statistics (ONS) report progress in the Measuring National Well-being programme: Where we live; Health; and Subjective Well-being. ONS has considered 1,800 responses to the consultation on proposed domains and headline measures and have issued a revised set of measures for monitoring National Well-being.
Glenn Everett, Programme Director for Measuring National Well-being Programme said: “By examining and analysing both objective statistics as well as subjective information, a more complete picture of National Well-being can be formed.”
A good example of this is provided by the first annual experimental subjective well-being results. These show that 45% of unemployed people rated their ‘life satisfaction’ as below 7 out of 10. That is more than twice as much as employed people of whom only 20% described their life satisfaction as below 7 out of 10.
This illustrates additional effects of unemployment on people, over and above material dimensions that can be measured objectively.
‘Where we live’ highlights that over 80% of adults who owned their own property, either outright or with a mortgage, reported a medium to high level of life satisfaction whereas only 68% of those who did not own their own homes reported the same levels of satisfaction.
During the national debate about Measuring National Well-being, predictably, the most common response from people about what affected their well-being was health.