What is wellbeing referring to?
-Desirable state of being happy, healthy or prosperous
-Subjective feelings and experiences and to living conditions
-Related to the balance of pleasure and pain
-Fulfillment of desires
-Opportunities for development and self-fulfillment
-Well connected with the “quality of life” and dimensions of a good and bad life
For example, poverty may engender a lack of subjective wellbeing, but poverty itself is not identical to negative wellbeing. Even though studies indicate a complex relationship between happiness and contextual factors framing subjective experiences, objective indicators of living conditions such as Gross National Product are often used as indices of a good life (Ben-Arieh et al., 2014).
The social sciences analysis derives from the so-called “social indicators movement” of the 1960s (Casas, 1996). Social scientists who have been working on social indicators (Bauer 1966) are the starting point for the movement towards a new concept:
the ‘Quality of Life” (QoL)