Improving self-esteem and having a positive effect in general well-being is very achievable, according to this quality of life study.
MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, May 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Quality of life is a complex topic and is treated in many spheres as a science in itself. Academics have studied it from different disciplinary approaches to help policy makers and marketers innovate and improve services, products and spaces to affect positively the quality of life of citizens.
One of the main insights about quality of life is that its understanding is composed by an objective, exogenous level (environmental) and by a subjective, endogenous (personal) level of perception about the environment. Which basically means that your perception about yourself, your life and your surroundings affects your quality of life in general. For example, people who live in the same house have been found to experience different perceptions about their quality of life based on their subjective appreciations.
This study dived into what American women are thinking, doing, what they eat, who they admire and what they associate with good quality of life. One of the most important concepts covered during the study is self-esteem. Here are a few findings that can bring light into ways to improve your notion of well-being:
What you can do
Walking is the activity that most American women relate to feeling good about themselves, followed by reading, working and spending time with their family. Walking is deeply related with dogs, being outdoors and doing exercise in general. Reading books in print and digitally also makes women perceive a better quality of life. Working is also high on the list and includes not only nine-to-fives but also entrepreneurship and volunteering in different social organizations and non-profits.
What you can get
Books, phones and computers are some of the most cherished items women refer to when asking about their quality of life. This of course has to do with access to information and nurturing the mind, as well as staying connected with friends, family and like-minded individuals and groups. Women find great quality of life in reading, which they can do with any of these preferred items.
A second set of things were associated directly to their quality of life and well-being that have to do with their outward experiencing of social life and how they are able to express themselves in social settings. One of the concepts used to refer to this kind of items was self-care. Some of these items are products for the hair and skin, clothes, shoes, makeup and jewelry. The importance of such items lies in their effect on identity, expression and confidence, as the surveyed women shared in this study.
Who and what to follow
Michelle Obama, Ellen Degeneres and Oprah are the most frequently admired public figures. The topics that were associated the most with good quality of life were in the order of positive thinking, self-help content and parenting tips. Also family values and home decor content were associated with general well-being.
Self-Esteem and Well-Being
When asked about their general well-being and quality of life on a scale of one to five, the average score was 3.67 and the median was 4, which amounted to a little over 38%. Twenty percent scored their well-being with a solid 5 while a bit over 2% scored a 1 and 7% a 2. That’s nearly 10% with a negative perception of their quality of life, in general, while 31% scored a 3. The remaining 59% have a positive outlook.
Interestingly, when asked to rate their self-esteem the average score was close but a little lower at 3.4. It can be said that it is relatively easier for women to rate their general quality of life and well-being slightly better than their self-esteem. Only 12% of the sample rated themselves as empowered, while most rated themselves as having a positive self-esteem and 27% as average. Nearly 20%, double the general quality of life rating, rated themselves having a low self-esteem.
Investing in self-esteem may improve the perception of quality of life
What is interesting about these findings is that amongst those women with higher self-esteem, the score for the general well-being goes above 4, while amongst the women with lower self-esteem their quality of life goes straight to the 2’s.
The key insight is to understand that everyone has the power to work on his or her self-esteem, and doing so involves acquiring relatively simple habits that might have a positive effect both in the self-esteem and in the holistic sense of well-being and quality of life.
Taking up walking and reading, increasing the time spent working, volunteering and with family, switching to health eating with a controlled dose of indulgence and investing time and resources in feeling more confident in social settings are bound to have a positive effect in the self-esteem and in the quality of life, as perceived and lived.
In a May, 2018 survey, Holistics International, an independent media research firm that focuses on Business Culture and Quality of Life, aimed to learn about how they understand and define their well-being in today's America. Sample Size: 521 complete responses (95% confidence level +-4% error).
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