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    Volunteering and Intergenerational Solidarity

    Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served

    From whom would you get support if you needed help around the house when ill?

    Respondents were asked about the support available to them when help was needed around the house, in case of illness. Available answers were:

    1 A member of your family / relative
    2 A friend, neighbour, or someone else, who does not belong to your family or relatives
    3 A service provider, institution or organisation
    4 Nobody
    5 Don't Know
    6 Refusal to answer

    Level of citizens' confidence in EU institutions

    The level of citizens confidence in EU institutions (Council of the European Union, European Parliament and European Commission) is expressed as the share of positive opinions (people who declare that they tend to trust) about the institutions.

    Happiness

    Mean score by country from responses to European Quality of Life Survey question 'Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are?'.

    Deterioration of Personal Situation Compared to the Past

    A subjective judgement of a person, who thinks/feels that his personal situation is becoming progressively worse than it was in the past

    Feeling Left out of Society

    Respondents were asked if they strongly agree, agree, neither agree or disagree, disagree or strongly disagree with the statement "I feel left out of society."

    Retrieved in December 2014, from
    http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/surveys/eqls/201...

    Freedom in the World

    Freedom in the World is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. Published annually since 1972, the survey ratings and narrative reports on 195 countries and 14 related and disputed territories are used by policymakers, the media, international corporations, civic activists, and human rights defenders to monitor trends in democracy and track improvements and setbacks in freedom worldwide. The Freedom in the World data and reports are available in their entirety on the Freedom House website

    Happiness (EVS; WVS) 

    Percentage of people who would say they are "very happy" or "quite happy" in European Values Survey & World Values Survey

    Interpersonal Trust 

    This indicator measures respondents' answers to "Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people?" The measured responses were "most people can be trusted" and "can’t be too careful", only.

    https://dbk.gesis.org/dbksearch/file.asp?file=ZA4800_q.pdf

    Subjective High Opportunities for Advancement

    Percentage of employed persons who "strongly agree" or "agree" to the statement "My opportunities for advancement are high"
    http://www.gesis.org/fileadmin/upload/dienstleistung/daten/soz_indikator...
    (Retrieved: 26 January 2015)

    Index of Social Health

    "The Index of Social Health [...] monitors the social well-being of American society. [...] The Index of Social Health is based on sixteen social indicators. These are: infant mortality, child abuse, child poverty, teenage suicide, teenage drug abuse, high school dropouts, unemployment, weekly wages, health insurance coverage, poverty among the elderly, out-of-pocket health-care costs among the elderly, homicides, alcohol-related traffic fatalities, food insecurity, affordable housing, and income inequality."

    Legatum Prosperity Index

    The Prosperity Index is a global measurement of prosperity based on both income and wellbeing. The Index analysed the countries across 8 sub-indices – Economy, Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Governance, Education, Health, Safety & Security, Personal Freedom and Social Capital.

    Freedom of Expression and Belief

    Freedom of belief is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance; the concept is generally recognized also to include the freedom to change religion or not to follow any religion (Art. 18, Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

    Retrieved from, https://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world-aggregate-and-subcateg..., 12.12.2014