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What constitutes quality of life - What are the most important factors to you?

Asked by mattbrowne (31633points) July 20th, 2009

Here are a few definitions I found on the web. Quality of life is

- your personal satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) with the cultural or intellectual conditions under which you live

- used by politicians and economists to measure broader social effects of policies, such as the effect that reducing graffiti or vandalism might have on the well-being of local residents

- used in health care to refer to an individual’s emotional, social and physical well-being, including their ability to function in the ordinary tasks of living

- the overall enjoyment of life

- refers to an individual’s level of comfort, enjoyment, and ability to pursue daily activities

- perception of ability to meet daily needs, physical activities, well-being

http://www.google.de/search?lang_en&num=20&defl=en&q=define:quality+of+life

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Saturated_Brain's avatar

- The satisfaction with who I am
– The satisfaction with who I am with
– The satisfaction with what I do
– The satisfaction with what I learn
– The satisfaction with what I believe in

Out of many others..

marinelife's avatar

My definition comes closer to the health care one. For me, it is having good enough health to do the things that I want to do, having sufficient money for my primary needs, enjoying my day-to-day life.

SirBailey's avatar

All of the references like the ability to function in the ordinary tasks of living, the ability to pursue daily activities, etc.

A quality life for me is the ability to do whatever I want whenever I want to do it.

ShanEnri's avatar

All of the above and whatever you choose to make it satisfactory. You know, what’s imporatnt to you.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Health, well being, freedom of expression, and overall happiness. Great Question, by the way.

SuperMouse's avatar

I used to think quality of life was directly related to the size of my house and the amount of stuff I had. Debt be damned, I was going to have a new car and nice clothes and a house furnished just like all the rest. Then I woke up.

Now I am here in The Cornfield, hardly making ends meet, going to school full-time, and working my ass off to be a good mom to my boys. I am in love. I live close to my favorite person in the world. I believe strongly in a Faith that speaks to me like no other has before. I am more content than ever before and making the choices that are right for me and those important to me. I don’t care if I ever have a new car or a huge house again. I just want to love and be loved, keep a roof over my head and food in the pantry. Everything else is gravy. That’s what I call quality of life.

answerjill's avatar

When I was working full-time, I had more money but less time. Now, as a full-time grad student, I have more time than money. So long as I have enough to pay for necessities like rent, food, and medical care, I am happier with my current time/money balance. (Of course, I don’t have any kids to take care of, or anything.)

Jack_Haas's avatar

There are prerequisites: A politically stable environment where the rule of law is enforced and essential freedoms protected. A regulatory system that ecourages upward mobility. A humane taxation system that rewards hard work and smart investment. A social security system that doesn’t punish responsability and reward parasitism.

From there, your quality of life depends on the choices you make for yourself.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’ve recently learned “health” trumps everything.

jamielynn2328's avatar

I guess I kind of agree with the political definition about vandalism. In relation to me, I don’t want other people being able to muck up my quality of life.

dannyc's avatar

Being able to pursue my areas of interest unimpeded, with freedom, while having all of my human needs taken care of in a comfortable fashion, while respecting the quality of my fellow citizens as well, no matter where in the world.

YARNLADY's avatar

Not being hungry or cold is important to me. Having a comfortable place to sleep. I have found that much of the other stuff is superfluous.

ESV's avatar

God,Love,Faith,Health… all other things are vapour in the wind , those know it who grieved a death of a loved one.

mattbrowne's avatar

When it comes to health I would include mental hygiene as well.

nebule's avatar

good food
a good bed
good wine
at least one person to love
clean water
good friends
a good heart
excitement

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