QUALITY OF LIFE
The economic surge of the Indian middle class based on the horizontal extension of professional education simultaneous with the mass scale job opportunity provided by the IT & related industries have brought the concept of quality to the center stage our existence. Till then, it was a battle for survival but for lucky ones both self made & ancestral. Quality of life is a comprehensive concept barely understood with clarity & generally confused with standard of living in its crudest terms.
As per WHO, “the individual’s perception of their position in life in the context of the culture & value systems in which they live & in relation to their goals .” So quality of life at the end of the day is what you perceive it to be. In reality, diverse objective & subjective indicators have been used over time, moving towards a more tangible understating of the same.
The standard of living is of primordial importance in most societies to move onto a better quality of life . Income remains as one of the main indicators, yet its capability to bring change in quality of life significantly can be questioned. Human Development Index & World Happiness Report have in their own way provided clarity but still seem to way off from a tangible generic matrix with acceptable regional & contextual differences.
The basic parameters remain; quality of education, health, employment, income on the physical / financial side & mental health in the emotional well being side taking care of stress & strain. The societal connects with depth in social relationships can complete the story. Self-actualisation can be the final purpose. Easy to say, difficult to conceptualize, document, plan, make it workable & deliver.
Might be this is final goal for humanity. A linear progression from hardship to standard of living to quality of life to well being and finally happiness may be with self-actualization.
QUALITY IN ALL YOU DO & ARE DEPENDENT ON, PROVIDES YOU QUALITY OF LIFE.