What is most important for people’s well-being?

Joe Myers
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Health is top of people’s priorities for their well-being, according to the OECD’s ‘How’s Life? 2015’ report.

11 aspects of well-being are assessed, including people’s overall satisfaction with their lives. The following chart shows the percentage of total ratings given in response to the OECD Better Life Index for each factor.


Health received the highest percentage of ratings, with 10.5%. Life satisfaction, at just 0.1% below, follows closely in second place. Education completes the top 3 at exactly 10%.

The rest of the list is comprised of varied factors, from safety in 4th, jobs in 8th and civic engagement in 11th.

The report argues that it is important to understand exactly what is important to people and their well-being in order to implement effective policy.

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Author: Joe Myers is a Digital Content Producer at Formative Content.

Image: People stand in a line to pose for a picture outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. March 8, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee 

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