Worthwhile (ONS)

General information


Personal well-being (PWB) is part of the wider Measuring National Well-being (MNW) Programme at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which aims to provide accepted and trusted measures of the nation’s well-being. Personal well-being using four measures (often referred to as the ONS4), which capture three types of well-being: evaluative, eudemonic and affective experience. These measures ask people to evaluate how satisfied they are with their life overall, asking whether they feel they have meaning and purpose in their life, and asks about their emotions during a particular period.

This page describes the measure of whether people feel the things they do in life are worthwhile.


On a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is “not at all” and 10 is “completely”:

Overall, to what extent do you feel that the things you do in your life are worthwhile?


Tinkler, L., & Hicks, S. (2011). Measuring subjective well-being. Office for National Statistics. Available here.

Validation details

ONS (2012) Overview of ONS phase three cognitive testing of Subjective Wellbeing Questions. ONS Summary report.


Cost / Terms of Use

Free (No permission required)

Instructions and Scoring

Guidance and thresholds here 



Data source name

Annual Population Survey. Also asked in these surveys


Quarterly; Annually

Latest data

Available here 

Link to historical data

Available here


Over 16; socio-economic classification, age, gender, ethnicity, education