Last edited 15 Jun 2017

Wellbeing and buildings

In 2012, Dodge et al proposed that wellbeing could be defined as ‘…when individuals have the psychological, social and physical resources they need to meet a particular psychological, social and/or physical challenge’.

The 2013 Measuring National Well-being programme suggested that the factors most strongly associated with personal well-being are:

  • Health.
  • Employment status.
  • Relationship status.

Of these three factors, health had the strongest relationship with wellbeing.

The Measuring National Well-being national debate identified a range of other less significant factors associated with personal well-being, including:

  • Economic security.
  • Job satisfaction.
  • Work-life balance.
  • Education and training.
  • Local and natural environment.

Articles about wellbeing on Designing Buildings Wiki include:

Most western developed countries now measure wellbeing as part of their national statistics. The UK reported the following in their latest 2013-2015 report "Those who identify as gay or lesbian, or bisexual report lower well-being than the UK average for all personal well-being measures. This difference is largest for feelings of anxiety."

It was reported by Bobby Kennedy that GDP measures everything in a country apart from the most important thing, wellbeing, and we need to use wellbeing to measure our happiness. Bhutan is the first country in the world to measure their wellbeing or happiness.

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