Wellbeing is more than economics

Insights from everyday life

How do you determine how a neighbourhood, city or country is developing? In the Wellbeing Index, we don’t just look at economic growth. There are many issues that affect people’s lives themselves. We call this ‘multidimensional wellbeing’. It ties in with new research on the economy and well-being.

The Wellbeing Index is not just information. It helps district residents and other stakeholders to determine together what is important. And to take action on it. We do this in collaboration with residents, administrators and implementers.


"We lack a public space outside to socialise"

Multidimensional wellbeing

So in our project, we look at people’s wellbeing more broadly. We pay attention not only to things you can buy, but also to how people feel and interact with each other.

With this approach, we see better what people need and how satisfied they are with their lives.

Material wellbeing

Material wellbeing is about the things you need every day. Like food, a house, and money. We look at whether people have these things and whether it is enough for what they need.

Subjective wellbeing

Subjective wellbeing is about what people experience and how they feel. And what they think about the economic situation in their neighbourhood or city. This is important because it affects how we feel.

Relational wellbeing

Relational wellbeing is about our connection with other people. It looks at friendships, whether everyone feels treated fairly, and how equal the opportunities are.

"I have been looking for a job for over a year now"

"Buildings in Venserpolder could be more cheerful and colourful"

"There used to be a lot more community activities. Now there is very little to do, especially for young people."