On 28 February, the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Measuring National Well-being Programme published
three releases (see links below).
Analysis of experimental subjective well-being data from the Annual
Population Survey, April to September 2011
National well-being is far broader than just being happy. National
well-being includes not only the quality of our lives, of which happiness
is a part, but also the country’s economic performance and environmental
and sustainability issues.
ONS has published a range of work in the last year to contribute to this,
including the publication of the environmental accounts, analyses of
household economic well-being and estimates of human capital. Measures of
well-being will complement well established economic measures such as GDP
by providing a more complete picture of how society is progressing.