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What is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing is how we’re doing as individuals, communities and as a nation, and how sustainable that is for the future.

It encompasses the environmental factors that affect us and how we function in society, and the subjective experiences we have throughout our lives.

What is wellbeing?

Dimensions of wellbeing

Wellbeing has 10 broad dimensions: 

  1. Personal (subjective) wellbeing
  2. Health
  3. Our relationships 
  4. What we do
  5. Where we live
  6. Personal finance
  7. Education and skills 
  8. The natural environment
  9. The economy
  10. Governance

These dimensions have been shown to matter most to people in the UK as identified through a national debate, run by the Measuring National Wellbeing Programme at the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) and benefiting from guidance by leading international experts.

The 10 domains cover both objective and subjective measures.

Close Dimensions of wellbeing

UK Measures of National Well-being: Dashboard


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