Posted: 19 July 2013

What is well-being? See what people told us

It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about ‘well-being’ on the news or in big research reports. In fact our charity is currently running a ground-breaking research programme to explore and measure children’s subjective well-being, in collaboration with the University of York.

But what does well-being actually mean?

We took to the streets this week to ask people what they think.

People's ideas of well-being

The adults we talked to spoke a lot about love and happiness. They also talked about the importance of family and having support and direction in life.

As part of our research, we’ve been able to come up with a list of the ten things that impact most on a child’s well-being:

  • family
  • friends
  • choice
  • money and possessions
  • school
  • the future
  • home
  • time use
  • health
  • appearance

There’s definitely a lot of crossover with the answers our interviewees gave but what’s clear is that well-being is hard to some up in just one word – there are lots of factors involved. For us, well-being is a way of learning about how children feel about the quality of their lives now and in the future.

Upcoming report

On Monday, we’ll be releasing a big report on well-being, outlining what we know about the quality of children’s lives in the UK – as rated by children themselves. We’ll bring you more on what we’ve found next week.

In the meantime, have a look at our well-being pages to explore our research into children's well-being.


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By Lizzie Murray - Digital team

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