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How well are you living?

We've recently started taking a more active interest in well-being and the affect it has on people especially in times of financial difficulty. In the wake of the global financial crisis, household income and wealth, jobs and housing conditions have deteriorated and have not completely recovered in many OECD countries.

The number of discouraged workers and inactive people has increased, as has perceived work-life conflicts for employed people. Clear negative trends have emerged with increasing levels of stress, lower life satisfaction an decreasing trust in national governments.

The Sovereign Wellbeing Index is the first national representation of wellbeing in New Zealand – defined as how New Zealanders are faring on a personal and social level. Developed by AUT University’s Human Potential Centre, in partnership with Sovereign, the inaugural survey, taken in 2012, contains measures of wellbeing, socio demographics and lifestyle behaviours.

Overall New Zealand satistics are surprisingly low in overall wellbeing compared to the world. A deeper dive into the research found some specific insights about our nation and how we currently stand within some of the key elements of wellbeing, for example:

Exercising: For every increase in exercise – even a small one – there was a boost in overall wellbeing. Men under 30 were far more active than their female counterparts. Women aged over 80 exercised more often than women of any other age group, while women aged 18-20 were the least active of any group. People with the highest household incomes (over $150,000) were the most active of any income group.

Learning: The more people learned, there was a boost in overall wellbeing. People aged under 30 and over 60 were more likely to be learning a great deal – more than people aged 30 to 59. Young men were more likely to be learning than young women.

Social connection: People aged 18-20 and in their seventies were the most likely to connect more than once a week, while people aged 30 to 59 were the least likely. People with very low and very high household incomes connected more often than those in between.

To see how well you're living and to learn more you can visit www.mywellbeing.co.nz