A recent talk on developing well-being applications illustrates ways in which design can contribute to people’s well-being . It was given by the director of a non-profit called “meyouhealth”.
I find the overall projects to be synced into design and holistic thinking. The company is following two promising approaches: behavior change is social, behavior change begins with small steps, one step a time. One interesting thing is the way in which they measure people’s wellbeing. They are using Gallup-Healthways index:
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index provides an in-depth, real-time view of Americans’ well-being, giving governments, communities, employers, and health plans unmatched insight into the health of their populations. The Well-Being Index is an average of six sub-indexes: Life Evaluation, Physical Health, Emotional Health, Healthy Behavior, Work Environment, and Basic Access.
Wellbeing index consists of 41 questions on physical, social,and personal dimensions.
My initial reaction to the index is again on spirituality. Are there any questions on spirituality? Can spirituality become part of well-being index, if so, what would be questions? Do these kinds of indexes always have to be secular/profane? If there happens to be a ‘spirituality index’, whom would be the right place to approach for measures? Can interfaith councils be part of such effort? By evoking these intriguing questions, I am delighted by the talk and future of well-being design.
Wellbeing index: http://www.well-beingindex.com/