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Ten questions you should ask about life. The answers may surprise you!

30 October 2015
by Patrick Love

The OECD has just published How’s Life? 2015: Measuring Well-being. It includes statistics on 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), with a special focus on child well-being, and also has a chapter on how volunteering affects well-being.

Do you know as much about life as an OECD bureaucrat? Try the quiz and find out. (You can cheat your way to happiness by looking up the answers in the book.)

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  1. Charles Kovacs permalink
    October 30, 2015

    This is a great subject, but the document is too long for the casual reader. Why not just publish a short summary with a clear link to the survey and another link to the full document?

    • Patrick Love permalink*
      October 30, 2015

      Charles, the link to the book in the text before the quiz leads to a page on the OECD iLibrary that gives you the choice between the full publication, specific chapters, or a short summary in eight languages.

  2. Daniel permalink
    September 25, 2016

    Being from the Canada (growing up) and the UK (as a grown up) these questions on the survey, for me, are down to my viewpoint which is based on my experiences.

    The “correct” answers are elousive to me beacause I am not from these other countries which obviously have better, more wholesome outlook – but I am wishing I was as my viewpoints are not so positive about the way our world is going.

    Also, in Canada, which is a very large country, I am sure answers would be different from the East Coast to the West coast and of course depending on a families affluence.

    In the UK, and having young children in the school system, I found the “drinking” question and “talking to parents” question, again, really down to the area/country because I do believe children are drinking and not talking to parents. I base this on the cost of living the pressures to work hard just to survive and pay bills. So if the survey was localized to a country or specific area I think my score would have been much higher!

    To group 23 countries under this survey can also be a little missleading at least to be because it tells me I am wrong when in reality my kids and many kids I know do drink and do not speak to parents. …Perhaps the answers could have revealed the stats by countries instead of long winded results?? Perhaps it would shed light on “why” some countries ARE better off.

    Since being in the UK for 15 years, I have moved again. I moved to Greece! What I am seeing is, yes – economic strain due to the greedy rich “which is not caused by the working people BTW!” I am seeing big business and the holiday businesses hiring people from other countries for less money – leaving the people here to have NO income – but thank goodness family values are stronger here and so there is some support. They can be sad about money, but mentally I am noticing that the people here are kinder and still have a sense of happiness – more than the UK! In fact, there are not high divorce rates here either.

    Families are closer, not further apart, and they mostly stay in contact every day in some way or another. …I do not find this true of the UK or Canada …or America for that matter (where I also have family), where the elderly are sent to old poeple homes instead of living WITH their families through to the end. …there is something humbling about the cycle of life this way – for the children to learn from a young age too and equally for the elderly to help with children and pass on teachings through stories, etc.

    Similar to India in the sence that income does not drive happiness. Instead it is friends and family! Basic living without the feeling of pressure or to earn high incomes are key to living a healthy life and NOT earning a large income and having to pay crazy living costs.

    As I grow older I am realising that FAMILY and FRIENDS and not money are what is important to living a healthy life. …I am learning to relax for the first time since being a kid! People here in Greece for example are overall happier than in the UK; and at least Canada has it’s outdoors to enjoy – but is still very much designed for the working people to work hard just to feed themselves and they have much more stress and depression, higher divorce rates, etc…

    Perhaps you could compare your data with the influences of Big Business in these areas? As big businesses, which are essentially the European Financial Community, inflict more laws on people which only benefit themselfs and suck money out of econemies for their dreams of one global econemy – you will clearly see their “progress or wealth” is what is taxing the health of the people.

    The percentages of monies spent on invading other countries is in the billions and trillions compared to the money spent on education is only in the low millions – and getting lower every year!

    And so, I deliberatly moved my family to a place that may be poorer or worse off – but I am feeling much more stable and mentally calmer and happier. My kids are not “learning to survive on their own on the playground” and have better relationships with friends here too!

    I hope my comment may be of interest to anyone who is in a country where they are feeling depression from the crazy pressure or demands put on them for basic living. It does not have to be this way. We must move away from Global and strive to remain local. That is what I believe your stats should reveal to your audience because that would actually be useful to people.

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