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Sainsbury’s Living Well Index

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Published: September 2017

This study will improve our understanding of the factors that affect our wellbeing.

Aim 

The aim of this study is to improve our understanding of the factors that affect our wellbeing. 

Commissioned by Sainsbury’s, and carried out in partnership with Oxford Economics, the study will track more than 8,000 people across Britain every six months to uncover which aspects of our lives have the biggest impact on our overall wellbeing; measured using the Office for National Statistics personal wellbeing questions. 

The first report in this biannual series can be downloaded from Sainsbury's website.

Findings

Once everything else is taken into account, getting a good night’s sleep is the thing that has the strongest association with how we feel, no matter where we land on the Index.

For the average person, more everyday factors separate them from those living very well including: satisfaction with our sex lives, job security, health and wellbeing of immediate family and connections with our local community.

Our research shows that our wellbeing can be explained by two things:

    • who we are, such as our age, sex, ethnicity and education
    • how we live, such as how we spend our time, how much we earn, and whether we have children or are married.

The Index suggests that there is greater equality in how we live than in the distribution of income or wealth.

Methods 

To explore these questions, we worked with Oxford Economics to interview 8,250 adults across Great Britain, using a 60-question survey.