Psychological Health Survey; New Research Identifies a Roadmap to Improved Well-Being and Community

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Psychological Health Survey; New Research Identifies a Roadmap to Improved Well-Being and Community


THE RESULTS of a survey measuring the well-being and life satisfaction of 1,000 Australian adults were released on Sunday to mark the beginning of Psychology Week, an annual initiative of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), running from November 6-12 this year.

The survey measured well-being based on an evidence based system called PERMA which takes into account positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, having a sense of meaning and direction in life and accomplishment.

Overall roughly one in four of those surveyed reported being highly satisfied with their lives and future outlook while one in five reported being unsatisfied with both.

A clear pattern of attitudes, activities and behaviours emerged from the data, suggesting that key influencers of well-being include: connection with loved ones, family, friends, work colleagues and the broader community; an active lifestyle; mindfulness activities and adequate sleep; a good attitude to life; and a keen interest in hobbies and learning about the broader world.

The survey, called Compass for Life, found that adults reporting a high usage of social media, also reported significantly higher levels of loneliness and negative emotions. Of the sample taken 63% of women were frequent users of social media in contrast to 47% of men.

Although over half the Australian sample said that acquiring valuable things was a sign of success or made them happy, the results showed that household income was unrelated to well-being. …

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