Category: Engage

Pledge your support

If you support nef‘s call for governments to implement National Accounts of Well-being, you can join our public list of supporters by entering your name and ticking ‘Add my name…’ below.

By gathering this evidence of strong public support for our proposal, we will be able to make a stronger case to politicians and policy-makers that modern societies need regular, systematic measurements of people’s experiences of their lives.

And if you haven’t already on the Keep in touch page, you can also add your email address (which won’t be made public) and tick to be updated from time to time on developments in the campaign for National Accounts of Well-being and/or to receive nef‘s regular newsletter.

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Measure your own well-being

This survey is made up of the questions from the European Social Survey which were used to create the National Accounts of Well-being indicators. By answering the following questions, you can measure your own well-being to produce your personal Well-being Profile, and compare your results to countries across Europe.

The survey contains around 50 questions and should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Please note that the survey is not a diagnostic tool and you will not receive feedback on your individual results.

Keep in touch with nef

To stay in touch with nef and hear about our work on well-being and related areas, enter your email address and tick ‘Sign me up…’ below. If you tick ‘Tell me about developments…’ you’ll also be updated from time to time with news on our campaign for National Accounts of Well-being.

And if you haven’t already on the Pledge your support page, you can add your name and tick ‘Add my name…’ to join the list of public supporters of our call for National Accounts of Well-being. Your email address will not be made public.

Write to your MP or representative

In the UK, Jo Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, has recently tabled an Early Day Motion in parliament calling for “official and regularly conducted statistics on national happiness and well-being” to be introduced. You can build on this initiative and take action by writing to your MP or parliamentary representative to ask them to lobby for National Accounts of Well-being in your country.

When you write, you may want to consider making the following points:

  • National Accounts of Well-being provide the best way for governments to discover if their actions actually improve the lives of their citizens. While enormous attention is paid to GDP as a headline indicator, it values only crude increases in income with no regard for whether they actually correspond to improvements in people’s welfare or how fairly resources are distributed.
  • Directly measuring people’s experiences of their lives overcomes many of these problems. Paying direct attention to the well-being of populations is the only way in which societies can truly assess whether the lives of their members are going well or badly. The measurements therefore provide a new and more meaningful measure of societal progress.
  • A growing international movement shows that time for National Accounts of Well-being has now come. In the last two years, the OECD, the President of the European Commission and the French President Nicholas Sarkozy have all demonstrated their support for the development of new headline indicators which take a much broader view of national success
  • Ask your representative to make the establishment of National Accounts of Well-being a political priority to ensure that they are implemented by government.
  • [If you’re in the UK] Also request that your MP signs Early Day Motion number 232, recently submitted to the House of Commons, which calls for ‘official and regularly conducted statistics on national happiness and well-being’.

If you live in the UK, enter your postcode below to find your MP and contact them directly.