There are four key arguments for reorienting policy and organisational goals to include a focus on improving wellbeing.
Wellbeing is a common aspiration
Enhancing wellbeing is the purpose of government and the activity it funds. If government and the community is able to have a more explicit conversation about what wellbeing means, what drives it and how it is measured, both are more likely to achieve their shared goals and aspirations for good lives.
Economic Indicators don’t tell the whole story
Countries and communities use a range of measures to mark their progress. The dominant measures used today are economic, such as per capita Gross Domestic Product. However, there is a growing global movement to shift this concentration from traditional economic measures of community progress to a more direct focus on human flourishing.
Wellbeing information makes for better policy
There are many points in the policy cycle where wellbeing information can inform better decisions. Data and information about wellbeing are useful to identify risks and issues, analyse options, and monitor progress and performance.
A wellbeing focus pays off
Improvements in individual wellbeing have benefits to others in society including communities, workplaces and government. Many of these benefits result in lower costs for government in providing services.
Find out more about these arguments in: A case for change for thriving individuals, families and communities.