How's Life? 2015

Measuring Well-being

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Published on October 13, 2015

Also available in: Spanish, French


How’s Life? describes the essential ingredients that shape people’s well-being in OECD and partner countries. It includes a wide variety of statistics, capturing both material well-being (such as income, jobs and housing) and the broader quality of people’s lives (such as their health, education, work-life balance, environment, social connections, civic engagement, subjective well-being and safety). The report documents the latest evidence on well-being, as well as changes over time, and the distribution of well-being outcomes among different groups of the population.

This third edition of How’s Life? develops our understanding of well-being in new ways. There is a special focus on child well-being, which finds that not all children are getting a good start in life, and those living in less affluent families face more risks to their well-being. The report introduces new measures to capture some of the natural, human, social and economic resources that play a role in supporting well-being over time. A chapter on volunteering suggests that volunteer work can create a virtuous circle: doing good makes people feel good, and brings a variety of other well-being benefits to both volunteers and to society at large. Finally, the report looks at inequalities in well-being across different regions within countries, demonstrating that where people live can shape their opportunities for living well.

How’s Life? is part of the OECD Better Life Initiative, which features a series of publications on measuring well-being, as well as the Better Life Index, an interactive website that aims to involve citizens in the debate about what a better life means to them.

SUMMARIESavailable in 8 languages

English How's Life? 2015 (Summary in English)
French How's Life? 2015 (Summary in French) Comment va la vie ? 2015
Spanish How's Life? 2015 (Summary in Spanish) ¿Cómo va la vida? 2015
German How's Life? 2015 (Summary in German) Besser leben – wie und wo? 2015
Japanese How's Life? 2015 (Summary in Japanese) How’s Life? 2015年版
Italian How's Life? 2015 (Summary in Italian) Come va la vita ? 2015
Portuguese How's Life? 2015 (Summary in Portuguese) Como está a vida? 2015
Russian How's Life? 2015 (Summary in Russian) Какова жизнь? 2015


Reader's guide
Executive summary
Well-being today and tomorrow
How's life? in figures
Resources for future well-being
How's life for children?
The value of giving
Going local
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Key findings 


How's Life? 2015: Measuring well-being

Key findings by country

These country notes present selected findings from the How’s Life? report, and show what users of the Better Life Index in specific countries are telling us about their well-being priorities.


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