Defining “Quality of Life”

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Defining “Quality of Life”

By Rachel Andrea Ko Go
Writer, Profiles Asia Pacific

What do you think of when you think of a “good” life? Do you think of money, luxury items, exotic vacations, fast cars, a big house and catered parties? Those things do not necessarily add up to a good life. It is what you do with the things that you have, and how you think of your current opportunities that create a good quality of life.

The first thing you should remember is that “quality of life” is not a synonym for “standard of living.” Quality of life is a term we hear that often refers to wealth, but it very much depends on intangible aspects as well. Standard of living is based primarily on income, whereas quality of life refers to your environment, health and wellbeing, education and social engagement.

The University of Toronto defines quality of life as “the degree to which a person enjoys the important possibilities of his or her life.”
One of the vital distinctions between standard of living and quality of life is that you can enhance your quality of life today, simply by adjusting your mentality. Instead of thinking about what you want, focus on what you have.

Decide to be content with what you have, meet friends or family for lunch more often, or make a list of all the things you can do right now. Can you plan a trip to the beach? Can you enroll in a weekend class in your passion? You will be amazed with the opportunities you never realized you had until you really thought about it.

So when you think of the term “quality of life,” do not allow your mind instantly go to luxury items and bank accounts. Instead, think about happiness, opportunities and the people around you, and measure your life by the quality of your daily activities, mental wellbeing, and the company you keep.


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