Can well-being be measured?

Therefore, objective well-being is often assessed using indicators that measure aspects of education, the physical and built environment, community and the economy. This approach tends to capture a social rather than an individual perspective on well-being that is based on material, tangible and quantitative indicators. These simple survey measures seem credible. But according to psychologists, happiness and satisfaction with life do not coincide.

Satisfaction with life has a cognitive component: people have to take a step back to evaluate their lives, while happiness reflects positive and negative emotions that fluctuate.

Estelle Palacios
Estelle Palacios

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