So unfortunately, it looks like more and more people are seeing their wellbeing affected by money worries – and this is only getting worse.
“Sadly, the growing financial inequality in today’s society is enormously corrosive to the wellbeing of those affected,” says Rosi Prescott, chief executive at Central YMCA.
Other wellbeing barriers
Our research uncovered other factors that significantly impact wellbeing too. Lacking good relationships led to a 50% swing in scores, lacking mental stimulation brought about a 48% drop in wellbeing, while a 32% gap was present between the most and least physically active residents in the UK.
“The issues affecting wellbeing in today’s society are complex and wide-reaching” says Rosi, “so it comes as no surprise to see that lifestyle factors including activity, relationships, finances, mental stimulation, and experiences of education, have a significant impact on the quality of our lives.
“It’s now vital that we recognise the importance of working towards achieving a healthy balance of physical activity, mental stimulation, and positive relationships – as a reduction in any of these can seriously undermine our ability to flourish.”
In total, the average Brit scored 6.13/10 on an index for their overall wellbeing, while the three wellbeing statements that the general population were the least likely to agree with were:
- I’ve had energy to spare (5.0/10)
- I’ve been feeling relaxed (5.65/10)
- I’ve been feeling optimistic about the future (5.86/10)
However, there are some clues as to what we can do to get back on track. The activities people reported as most likely to boost wellbeing were ‘being on holiday’ (66%), ‘being with family’ (56%), and ‘when socialising with friends’ (49%).
Learn more about the current state of the UK’s wellbeing and the factors that influence it by reading our full report ‘Eudaimonia: How do humans flourish?'