Quality of life is the general well-being of individuals and societies. It can be applied to a broad range of contexts, but on the individual level, it refers to individuals’ perceptions of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards, and concerns. It is a broad ranging and subjective concept affected in a complex way by the person’s physical health, psychological state, level of independence, social relationships, personal beliefs, and their relationship to salient features of their environment.
Factors that play a role in quality of life vary according to personal preferences, but they often include financial security, job satisfaction, family life, health and safety.
Quality of life should not be confused with the concept of standard of living, which is based primarily on income.
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