The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index™ in the News

Madison Agee

In September, the inaugural Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index was released. A definitive measure and empiric database of real-time changes in well-being, the Global Well-Being Index provides insight into how people in 135 countries around the world perceive their own well-being.

Below, we’ve collected highlights of the news coverage:

USA Today: “USA is 12th, Panama 1st, in global well-being poll”

In some cases, [Peter Choueiri, president of Healthways International] says, results suggest a mismatch between perceptions and reality … Knowing about such mismatches, he says, can help governments, employers and insurers design culturally sensitive interventions.

Today.com: “What’s the happiest place on earth? It’s not the U.S., survey finds

Improvements in a nation’s well-being scores can translate into economic advances, said Peter Chouieri, president of Healthways International.

For instance, “if you raise well-being by one point only, you have a 1 percent reduction in the likelihood of incurring healthcare cost and a 2.2 percent reduction in the likelihood of hospital admission,” Choueiri said. “A 10 percent improvement in well-being translates into 5 percent fewer unscheduled absences and 24 percent lower [rates of employees showing up at work when sick].”

The Economist: “Thriving or surviving?”

So the irony is that although emerging-market economies look robust and have enjoyed impressive track records, their citizens do not feel they are benefiting from its fruits.

The Huffington Post: “The World’s Best (and Worst) Regions for Well-Being”

"The global well-being index comes at the perfect time,” Peter Choueiri, president of Healthways International, a health and well-being improvement company, told The Huffington Post. “Well-being has become more and more a topic of discussion, and it's an increasing priority for the public and private sector worldwide.”

Business Insider: “The Top 10 Countries Where People Are Thriving”

The state of a country’s well-being says a lot about its prosperity and progress.

LiveScience: “World’s Happiest Country Is … (Hint: It Has a Canal)”

Most measurements of national performance focus on countries’ income, but measures such as health, education and security also contribute to well-being, experts say. “When we ask people to think about how their lives are going, to report on their daily emotions, and to tell us about their health, we gain a much broader picture of their well-being than can be inferred from traditional economic surveys,” Angus Deaton, a scientist at Gallup and a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, wrote about the Gallup report.

The Telegraph: Brits feels financially secure but don’t much love their jobs”

“Because subjective well-being can correlate with outcomes such as healthcare costs, productivity, and business performance, world leaders should consider well-being, in addition to objective measures such as GDP, to provide a better picture of progress toward specific policy and development goals,” [Dan] Witters [of Gallup] said.