How do you measure quality of life? Through : Money? House size? Family? Environment? The Arts?
Scientists tell us that, if you can measure it, you can make sense of it. Politicians are always banging on about economics. Does having more money make us happier? If the answer is no then why is our society built on the principle of profit, individual and corporate? Are poor people always unhappy? Can happiness be measured? Do you measure your quality of life against that of your friends, family, neighbours? What's the most important thing in life?
Piece of mind will only bring you quality of life. You can have all that you have mentioned, but without piece of mind, you have nothing.
you've asked a multi-facceted question,.. on one hand we want to measure happiness which is a concept rather than a commodity (eventhough it might be cleverly marketd as one, happiness is not a commodity) and concepts are not measurable,.. thats like asssigning a measurable number to karma (dont say anything, they will market a karma score system soon i'm sure)... and quality is subjective,... one mans quality is another mans garbage,... so how do you measure a subjective?
all that said,.... i personaly measure my quality of life and derive my own hapiness from smiles, my own and those of others,.. the bank cannot reposes memories,... so the big house, fine car, and flush bank account will all eventualy fail me,... but memories can indeed be taken with me to the grave,....
show me what else you can truly take with you to the grave in this world, other than memories and faith?..... so if i waste a bit of my time on my faith, and a lot of my time and money on making memories,.... its an investment,... more should invest as i do,..... the storage industry would colapse... and so would the therapy industry............ its about smiles.
I tend to not compare myself to others, I work towards personal goals and personal bests. With the understanding that each person is different, I know that I cannot compare myself to other people's ideals and also understand that I have the freedom to create my own. I measure my quality of life through a work and life balance as well as good health and the comfort that having excess money can bring. I doubt poor people are always unhappy as anyone of any means can share or bring out laughter or happiness in others or they can find comfort in faith and their efforts towards financial abundance.
This is a modern money based world and the claim that money doesn't matter is not very rational. It may be possible for an individual to measure their own happiness but it appears happiness does not rest completely on having an abundance of money. In some people's minds the most important thing is their children, a sport, a hobby, their work, their faith, making ends meet, etc. The most important thing in life is as unique to each individual as their fingerprint and can change as they go through life.
Life is as variable and complex as the individual who lives it. Educators in the academe and various human disciplines such as Philosophers, Psychologists, Sociologists, Economists, Humanities, Linguistics, the Aesthetics, and any other Humanities and Social Sciences, study and continue to make comprehensive researches on the subject Human Being and all its activities in life. We humans are not like machines that can be measured and evaluated by any man-made tools in any form to evaluate and judge the quality of existence and performance in all aspects. Yet there are certain suggested standards and areas in life that need to be pondered on in order to ensure quality life in terms of relationships, wealth, Education, leisure and any other human interests and activities to make life meaningful. Even these disciplines cannot be imposed, they are still subject to individual preferences in running his own life; these individual preferences or choices are by itself difficult to ascertain as original to the individual because one sure basic thing about humans is that they prefer to follow or imitate others in their social group or society than to think and discover what lays down deep in his core.
Comparing one's quality of life to another as a measure of success and as a "good-better-best" quality of life is ignorance by itself in the truest sense. Each of us can only live life according to our own choices or "non-choices" in a time-space- circumstantial basis and on the availability of resources that one can see. What one sees does not mean that it is all what is there to base one's choices. This world has infinite resources to use and choices available for every need and desire to meet but humans as we are, we can only see what our individual preferences could see.The final judgement can only be seen when one leaves this life and everybody can measure how he had lived his life...it can only be read in his "Book of Life".
We can only live our lives and be the judge for ourselves. We may ask ourselves questions such as "Am I happy with what I am doing? Am I doing the right thing? What else can I do to meet the goal I set for myself?" and any other questions along this line. No one has the right to say that such person has a certain quality of life because of what others can see. There are lots of intangible things in life in the personal level that are not visible for the rest of humanity to see, let alone judge.
Yes, it's impossible to quantify happiness yet our western political systems exploit us with their facts and figures. I see very poor people in the favelas in Brazil. They fight for their right to live yet seem happy. Great answer.
Any country and cultures have their share of facts and figures sociology-economic-political issues in certain and varied degrees. There's no such thing as one culture is better than another because all people are valid so is culture.
My quality of life is based on my relationships with others. If we didn't have friends ,loved ones, and community, what would be the point to life?
Interesting that you don't mention material things at all but base your quality on emotional ties to other people, regardless. Thank you.
JThomp42 is so right about peace of mind, and we depend on material things, of course. It's just that I would get little pleasure out of "things" if I couldn't share them.
I don't think you can measure quality of life at all as there are tangible and intangible factors to consider in the measurement. If you base your quality of life in purely physical sense with all the comforts of material wealth , yes you can probably temporarily measure your quality of life in that level. But when big problems come and deluge you( like illness,hard driven life style, ie ... recreational drug use..etc ) I doubt if all the material wealth that you have acquired will solve your problems.Will you have a good quality of life then ,even with all your acquired wealth? I doubt it.If you look at the history of a lot of wealthy people, they are miserable.....Having all that wealth is the envy of a lot of people who has not attained that kind of wealth, but make no mistake about it, it ain't worth a lot of beans. WEALTH HAS ITS NASTY PRICE TO PAY.You may not want to have that kind of wealth after all.
I would just ask myself a question "am i happy and content" if the answer is a big yes then it doesn't matter if my quality of life is poor or great or whatever.
Happiness should be the key thing we should try and measure, not quality of life.
I think that our consumer society is fueled by the myth that one must have more money or more "stuff" to fulfill them and make them happy. It's great for business, but not so great for self-esteem. I think many in recent years are coming to the conclusion that they've been duped into believing money and living beyond ones means equals happiness.
that being said, money can certainly make life easier when you don't have to worry that you can't afford to buy groceries or keep up with the rent/mortgage, but that doesn't equate to "happiness". Some of the most joyful times of my life happened when I was at my financial worst.
I truly believe happiness is not an attainment or some distant elusive goal, but a choice. You can choose to want what you have, to find peace in your life etc. There is no outer world requirement for joy.
I measure it by the amount of freedom you have. Not just freedom from the state but the freedom to do the things that truly make YOU happy.
I think if somebody likes living in a cabin in the woods and it makes them happy, they should have the freedom to do so. Unfortunately a lot of times, freedom has to be supported by money!
I think the major factor influencing quality of life is having good relationships. Money doesn't seem to be it (there's research showing that money beyond a certain amount does not make you happier and can make you more stressed). Health doesn't seem to be it (I've met many unhappy but healthy people and many people who have a lot of physical challenges but are very healthy). Buying things definitely doesn't do it - you get a momentary pleasure from a purchase and then you're wanting more. What the people I see who are happy, the people who seem to have a good quality of life, seem to have in common is good relationships. They have rewarding, engaging, positive, warm and loving relationships with other people.
Also, I don't think measuring your quality of life against other people is a good way to go. It can be very hard to tell from the outside how happy or unhappy someone else actually is, and comparing yourself to others often leads to unhappiness.
I do not measure quality of life by any of these items on your list. It seems to me that health is the most important thing for quality of life. Without that you really have no quality, and I think that has been shown by millionaires, film stars, actors and so forth, who have all the things you mention, yet are, or have been, desperately unhappy and live lives in turmoil. I find as I grow older that I focus much more on the health side of life, both physical and mental.
In other words, all your items might be nice to have, but without health it is much more difficult to enjoy any of them.
Contentment. God is the ultimate reality and this world is to end. The highest quality life is spent by a soul which follows not the quality because it has no standards and no ends as is evident from your bunch of questions.
Old People used to say about life: "Its not important how much you live, its important how you live".
'Quality of life' has different faces depends upon different person. Some people sees quality as "Money - How much you have" . For some "dignity & power". For some its "happiness". For other "success". And for some others its "services - doing good to others". So it varies upon persons. Even in Economics & Finance, Quality of Life is explored on "Income Basis".
Upto me 'Quality of Life' is the combination of all of these, money, dignity, happiness, success & service.
Because after having lot of money, dignity or anything...without 'peace' what is the use.
Ultimately "Peacefull Life in a good society".
money....because quality of life is all about comfort level which can be achieved easily by money. so i think if you have more more quality of life can be raised.
OK thank you for your reply. Money=quality of life! We know where you stand!
I value honesty. After all, you won't be very happy if you don't have money to pay for a roof over your head, medical care, or utilities. People say health but good health also costs money for foods/clean water, health info, Dr. checkups/care, etc.
But, while money can buy comfort, it can't buy happiness. There are obviously a great many things wrong with this world, that people need money in order to find comfort. I think our problem is more than just skin deep.
AMEN and in TOTAL, UTTER AGREEMENT! PREACH ON!
Your quality of life can be measured by the way you feel about it. If you are happy, and this is really subjective, it doesn't matter how much you possess whether you live in a palace or in a cave.
You maybe happy because you enjoy what you are doing, and not what you are earning. You maybe happy because you have a wonderful family. So it really depends. Money is important, but the question is are all wealthy people happy? How about money without health. How about money with intricate problems?
The quality of life is measured by the degree of satisfaction you feel about it. If you are satisfied then the quality of your life is great. If you are not then, even if you possess the whole world your life would be void and meaningless.
Happiness is being content with what you have. If you can't be happy with what you already have, nothing in this life will make you happy.
But the most important thing in life?
I guess that could be argued ad nauseum, as it so often is, but as for me...
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." - Deuteronomy 6:5 (KJV).
I think it depends. In this world we all individuals and we all possess different ideas about what makes us happy. Some people happy with their money, some with their family. So no one can measure happiness from one point. Happiness is need because if we need something and if we get it that’s makes us happy and need is something which keeps changing.
A thoughtful answer. The politicians tell us we need more money, better this that and the other. The system pushes us on in material terms yet what is more important than friends, loved ones for happiness?
hummm...again it depends...friends can also bring happiness in our life and they are loved ones because they are FRIENDS....its just point of view.
There is truth, and there is love. The rest is silence.
I live by this. I start with the truth, out of nothing more than absolute convenience. It is far easier to let it be as is than to waste my energy fabricating stories and lies to protect myself. This kind of protection only leads to loneliness and isolation. Instead of that, I show myself completely as is, vulnerable, ready for the world to judge or love.
After that, I put love at the highest importance in my life. If a friend has a serious problem, I set everything else aside for them or try, try as much as I can to support them. I want them to experience the kind of love and happiness that I have fought for my entire life. My home, my friends, they are everything to me. They are better than perfection; they are human.
As for the other things you listed; I give money minimal thought. I don't need it, and more importantly don't want it. I find shopping utterly boring. I don't watch television or read glamorous magazines. The more famous and extravagant the person/event is, the less likely I will be to enjoy it.
People seek out day time talk shows out of desperation for answers. They, many without realizing it, chose to hide themselves out of fear of judgment and rejection. They too, want love. But there is fear in being vulnerable. There is always fear.
Either you face it, or falter and live a life seeking empty answers from television hosts pandering generic mush to the masses. This is how I measure quality in my life, but I do not judge another. I do not judge people unnecessarily. Ultimately, whatever makes them truly and irrevocably happy is all that matters.
Delayed - apologies. You sound like a faithful friend;that kind of friendship is impossible to measure I grant. What puzzles me is the political speak of our systems (measured economically) versus love, friendship (which can't be measured). Thanks.
Your quality of life, in my opinion, is measured with the quality of your close relationships. They are crucial to being and feeling happy. Our society has got it all wrong, by glorifying the cult of individ. It is the feeling you belong somewhere and are needed and loved what constitutes the nucleus of happiness. No money, success, or any other personal achievement would matter if you had no one to share them with. Personally I believe you get more by giving.
To me, the quality of my life, can be measured from my achievement to my needs; physically and mentally, spiritual and material, and social and my own.
Physically, I am blessed to be in healthy condition for all my life;
Mentally, I can face all thing happen in my life well, not get shocked, not stress, I can solve all problems as they should be, I can live in peace, and so on.;
Spiritual, I can fulfill as optimal as possible the demands from my religion (Islam) to do which will give its own peace in my mind to go through this life.
Material, I can get everything that I need and I want (especially, money).
Social, I am useful for other people, the more people need me - the higher quality I will reach.
My own, I can reach all ambition or aspiration or the planning that I have created for the entire of my life.
That's all chef-de-jour
The quality of life is really hard to gauge. Money is definitely not the barometer to measure the quality of life because affluence brings its collateral repercussions such as always being discontented and the urge to unscrupulously embezzle their company's revenue. Money is also unevenly distributed. A country's development cannot be solely judged using money.
Well...house size and family may also not be a decent manifestation of one's quality of life. Each and every family has its own rules, and each and every family member has different perspectives about which family size is acceptable.
A surfeit of arts performances and events may not also indicate a good quality of life because the country's economic growth is dubious.
In conclusion, we may have to consider a wide medley of indicators to measure the quality of life. Or we may at least stop doing this measurement and get on with life.
I go by how much i love my life and it's now very much lol
A high quality of life means living without socioeconomic struggle or want. If one is struggling & living at a subsistent level,worrying if one's basic needs will be taken care of,he/she lives in a state of constant worry & anxiety. Money is correlated to happiness. Socioeconomic affluence does make one happier & increases the quality of life.More money equals to more & better choices. It means living in better surroundings. It means a better quality of education & more opportunities for one's children. It means better medical, dental, and overall health care. It guarantees better and a higher quality of nutrition of healthy, wholesome foods.
Beyond the physical aspects of happiness, have a level of affluence means better mental health.One is somewhat free from financial struggle and the problems it entails.One is more financially independent when he/she is socioeconomically affluent.One doesn't have to incessantly worry if he/she will have a next meal and a warm place to sleep.With socioeconomic affluence, one has further opportunities to save & invest his/her monies, assets,&/or other funds. Furthermore if one is socioeconomically affluent, he/she is not at the behest of others. In addition to that, one has more influence when one is wealthy than when one is ..poor.Wealth carries with it power & a sense of respect.Who doesn't want that?
When one is socioeconomically affluent or wealthy,one can be very choosy & picky when it comes to employment because there's more than enough money to tide him/her over during a socioeconomic drought phase.He/she does not have to worry about being cast in the street,becoming homeless because of either insufficient or lack of funds. He/she has it made in the shade so to speak.So many people when they are laid off or unemployed, are DEATHLY worried as to why they will be NEXT because they have little or no savings.They are in the panic mode because down the road, they may either be homeless or residing in a.shelter.They also have the choice to create their own job or own business if desired or need be.They don't have to wait nor depend upon others for employment.
Those who are socioeconomically affluent have myriad choices & better type of choices.They don't have to take crumbs or handouts.They're in control regarding their lifestyle destiny.They live a human existence instead of living at the lowest common denominator.To any thinking & intelligent person would rather be WEALTHY than poor,only logical commonsense!
I can certainly agree with you. Quality of life does GREATLY depend on money in our money based society, whether it's a home, education or investments you need money.
Thank you for a detailed answer, full of interesting thoughts.I guess money and happiness are always going to be related in some fashion.Vows of poverty - religious ones- are less common nowadays!
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