A compendium of factsheets: wellbeing across the lifecourse: living well

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
6 February 2014
Social Policy, Health Services
Social welfare
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These factsheets give a flavour of some of the important issues and relationships between wellbeing and health throughout someone’s life. For health professionals, understanding the different parts of personal wellbeing may offer insights into how their own work fits into a wider context and how what they do can influence wellbeing. The evidence is largely from published, peer reviewed documents and each factsheet provides references for readers wishing to follow up the literature in more detail. The documents have all been peer reviewed by independent experts.

The key facts of this factsheet are: self-reported health is one of the factors most closely related to wellbeing; the average life satisfaction rating of unemployed people is 6.6 out of 10 compared with 7.6 for employed people; good quality relationships with partners have been found to be a strong correlate of happiness; caring responsibilities for someone with a disability or in poor health is associated with lower happiness ratings, and more depressive symptoms; patients with small social networks (i.e. socially isolated) have been found to have lower levels of wellbeing; and people with educational qualifications tend to have higher levels of wellbeing, however its effects are primarily indirect through factors such as income and employment.

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