Research into life in Australia
Australians are more satisfied with their lives according to the Better Life Index.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Better Life Index suggests that, based on the OECD average, more Australians are content with their current lives.
The Better Life Index is an interactive web-based tool that measures and compares the well-being of people in OECD countries. The Index captures 11 aspects of life, including housing, income, jobs and quality of lifestyle (through community, education, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance and so on).
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Happiness or subjective well-being can be measured through life satisfaction, the presence of positive experiences and feelings, and the absence of negative experiences and feelings. Such measures, while subjective, are a useful tool when comparing the quality of life across countries.
When asked to rate general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Australians gave a 7.3 with little difference between men and women. This is higher than the OECD average of 6.5. Life satisfaction measures focused on how people evaluate their life as a whole.
The Better Life Index is updated every year and allows individuals to create their own ‘index’ to compare life in different countries.
How does your home country compare?
To see the full report on Australia and see it compare your own country, please visit the OECD Better Life Index
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