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Why the quality of life is more important than the standard of living

Last update: 06 August, 2017

A large number of people, especially those belonging to societies that we consider "first world", are publicly concerned about how to improve their standard of living. This is a priority for them. However, I have to "You first learn the rules of the game before you play better than the others" as Albert Einstein said. That is why it is important to know that Quality of life should always be a priority for all individuals.

When you run out of money, you want more of it. Even if you have a decent income, it may seem too low to you. If you have an intense social life, you may eventually get bored. When you dream, you want your dreams to become a reality. And if I had, would, could ... there are many ifs in our world, and they all aim at a constantly higher standard of living.

Do you really believe that a higher standard of living will make you happy? Do you think that more money and a certain social status would allow you to live the life you have always dreamed of? Before you answer, please be kind enough to read the following thoughts.

What are the standard of living and the quality of life?

In one of my internet research I came across analyzes called “The World Order in the 21st Century”. The people who carry out these analyzes are, among other things, concerned with studying the social reality of our world.

In one of their articles on the standard of living they define this as the possibility for a subject to come into possession of more and better goods and to have access to higher quality services. In other words, they link the standard of living directly with income and purchasing power. The more you earn, the more you can consume, the higher your standard of living.

In the same sense they define the Quality of life as the contribution to the elementary world that a person makes in order to promote social well-being. That is, everything that brings happiness, calm and contentment, both on a personal and a collective level, is included in this concept. Therefore, a high income can stand for a high quality of life, but also a conversation or a simple conversation in which there is a lot of laughter.

Quality of life vs. standard of living

The part of this analysis that strikes me as the most impressive is the interesting comparison between different regions of the world. Here, the standard of living and quality of life in different cities are compared.

On the one hand we find Calcutta or Dhakka, Cities in India that are increasingly gaining presence in a globalized world. The standard of living of its residents has been increasing exponentially for years. They are contrasted with Timbu, a place that is only a few kilometers from the economic heart of India. It is the capital of Bhutan, a small, relatively unknown country, whose inhabitants live their lives far away from the din of globalization, the financial markets and other economic markets.

While industrialization and contamination increase day by day in Indian cities, which goes hand in hand with an increase in the standard of living, remain the people of Bhutan in their natural environment, between trees and rivers, work mainly in agriculture and for a very low income.

So where is the quality of life higher?

A resident of Bhutan lives quietly, works in the middle of nature without feeling stressed. He hardly strives for more than he has. A few years ago, a king of Bhutan defined a parameter that we could call BNG in German, the Gross National Happiness. To assess this parameter, questions are asked about psychological well-being, the use of the day, culture, health, education, liveliness of the community and satisfaction with the government, among other things

"Don't waste your time, because life is made of it."

At the same time, the populations of countries that are developing at breakneck speed, such as Brazil, India or China, and even European nations like Germany, France or Spain, suffer from worrying stress. Still: All great nations in the international concert, both the developed ones and those on the way there, will a higher standard of living attributed to.

But at what price?

"Do not trade health for wealth, nor freedom for power."

And now comes the moment when you have to give the one answer. Would you rather have a higher standard of living or a higher quality of life? Do you think it is better to amass money and wealth, or to be happy and enjoy your time?

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