Indicator database

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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

    Satisfaction with working conditions

    Satisfaction with their (workers) working conditions in general, as well as specific areas
    such as working hours, workload, autonomy and work-life balance
    http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/flash/fl_398_en.pdf (p. 3)
    (Retrieved: 26 January 2015)

    Optimism

    Responses to question "I am optimistic about the future" in European Quality of Life Survey. Answers include strongly agree, agree, neither agree or disagree, disagree, or strongly disagree

    Unpaid voluntary work through a political or charitable organisation

    Percentage by country of respondents to the European Quality of Life Survey who said that they did unpaid voluntary work through political or charitable organisations regularly (every week or month), occasionally (less than once a month) or that they do not volunteer.

    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...

    Feelings of Self-determination

    Mean response to question on self-reported feelings of choice and control over ones life, from European Values Study.

    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

    Satisfaction with Society

    The indicator measures the "percentage of people who are "very satisfied" or "fairly satisfied" with "the kind of society" they live in.

    Info retrieved from,
    http://info1.gesis.org/dbksearch/file.asp?file=ZA3626_bq_en.pdf, 12.2014

    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)

    Assessing whether life is worthwhile (under development in SILC 2013; PlaceholderEQLS2011 (external link))

    Average response to question with approximate wording "I feel that what I do in life is worthwhile", included in EU-SILC 2013 ad hoc module on wellbeing, also in European Quality of Life Survey

    Social Progress Index

    The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. The Index measures social progress strictly using outcomes of success, not how much effort a country makes. For example, how much a country spends on healthcare is much less important than the health and wellness actually achieved by that country, which is what outcomes measure.

    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