Quality Of Life
- What Exactly Is It And How To Work On Achieving And Bettering It
- Today’s world is very different from country to country and even city to city.
- Depending on where we are, our interests, aspirations and ideologies vary, and that’s normal.
- This is also true for what we strive for and what makes us happy.
- Overall, however, most people want to be healthy, have all the necessary comfort, and do what they want, when they want, as long as it’s beneficial for them and their loved ones.
- Some of these things depend on the individual while others on the society they’re a part of.
- With that in mind, people often compare their happiness to that of others.
- There are a few ways in which it’s common to compare how good our lives are, both as individuals and as a group, and the most common one is, well, the quality of life!
What Is Quality Of Life Exactly?
Quality of life is a highly subjective measure of one’s happiness.
It includes but is not limited to health, overall satisfaction, ability to do the things one loves, status, income, emotional wisdom, and more.
It does not have a specific measure (like a standard of living, which is calculated by income), but most people use emotional well-being (for day-to-day experiences) and life evaluation (for overall perception and opinion on one’s life).
There is a lot of controversy about how happiness should be calculated not only because of its individuality, but because of the current events in one’s life when asked how happy they are.
That’s why people with terminal illnesses, for example, may report better quality of life than those who recently had a fight.
Because of this, most people tend to compare happiness based on countries – that way, both situations are in similar quantities, and more importantly, the things that don’t depend on the individual are the same for everyone (think of healthcare, education, environment, etc.).
According to the statistics, the countries with the best quality of life are Canada, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and Australia.
It’s a common saying that happiness is contagious, and it makes sense that this effect can be seen in the happiest places, but this doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t strive for it even if they’re not from the countries mentioned above.
How And Why To Improve It?
Many people don’t focus too much on what makes them happy, both short and long term, or how they can change their circumstances for the better, which is why they struggle with balancing the many different aspects of life.
The most important thing is always to ask yourself if something makes you happy and why, and then how you can keep it, better it, or change it.
Once you have answered those seemingly simple questions, you will have the right focus and can start improving your quality of life.
Even though happiness is subjective, the fundamentals for most people are the same – health and comfort, loving relationships, work-life balance, keeping hobbies and finding new ones, etc.
Here it’s important to mention that countries with good healthcare, education, and housing, usually have a better overall quality of life.
Striving for a nicer, happier life is maybe the best direction one can aim for, but that must not be done through a mindset of lack of happiness.
By positively changing your life you impact your perception and that of others, ultimately making the world as a whole a better place.
Evaluating and improving the quality of life is essential to living your own truth and making your world what you want.
Although not everything is under your control, it’s important to try and make a change in the things that are.
By looking at different aspects of your day-to-day experiences and life as a whole, you can find parts of yourself you would want to pay more attention to or appreciate more.
Self-reflection and realization are processes often connected with understanding one’s quality of life, and we believe they’re one of the most valuable things one can do both for themselves and their close ones.
Even though happiness is subjective, truly understanding yours and investing in it is always a good idea.
So we encourage you to stop living a life of patterns and start focusing on always learning more and improving your quality of life,