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Your Better Life Index

What do you need to improve your life? Is it better education? Or a better balance between life and work? How do you measure your well-being?

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the OECD) is a key resource that governments, business people, workers, activists, academics, students, the media and citizens look to for policy advice. For fifty years, the OECD has been in the business of helping governments to identify the best policies for raising living standards.

Led by the OECD, the Better Life Initiative is aimed at taking the information traditionally to be used by governments and making it accessible to the public. 

While measures like Gross Domestic Product (GDP), inflation and rate of unemployment can be helpful for comparing countries, as individuals it can be difficult to see how these translate into our daily lives. The OECD has been working to assess the limits of these measurement tools and to identify new, more comprehensive measures to capture well-being. 

They began this process by asking a simple question: How’s life? 

Your Better Life Index 

The OECD has taken an initial step to identify the elements of well-being. They are: jobs, income, governance, environment, housing, education, community, work-life balance, health, safety and life satisfaction. 

This year, the OECD is presenting their findings through an interactive platform that places citizens in the driver’s seat. 

The Your Better Life Index is a tool that enables users to choose which elements are most important to them. Based on your choices, you can generate a personal index that ranks OECD countries according to your individual priorities. Once your choices have been made, you are able to explore by country and by topic. 

Is education at the top of your list? Is it life satisfaction? What is your country doing about it and is it working? How are other countries doing and why? What policies could be applied to improve your country? With Your Better Life Index, you are able to learn more about the social and economic policies currently in place in your country and how they compare to others. 

Most importantly, please take a moment to create your better life index and share it—with friends or on Facebook and Twitter. 

For more information, visit www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org 

For questions, please contact OECD at: bli@oecd.org

Image Happiness by Russ Osborne

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