What constitutes a good life? Is it sex or a good relationship with your family? According to a survey of 15 countries around the world, the top universal requirements for a high quality of living are a lot simpler than that.
Michael Power, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, developed a questionnaire for the World Health Organization that would allow citizens around the world to rate from 1 to 10 (1 being not important, 10 being crucial) the factors they believed to be paramount for a satisfying, comfortable life. Power distributed his survey, called the World Health Organization Quality of Life Survey, to people in cities from Seattle, Washington, to Harare, Zimbabwe. Their responses suggested that people are thankful for the simple things: The top four elements of a good life were daily living activities (being able to go about one's business independently and free of physical burdens); being able to see and hear well; to have energy; and to have mobility. The bottom two necessities: body image and appearance, and satisfaction with one's sex life.