Aug 10, 2015 12:05 AM GMT
Americans value satisfaction over health, according to a study released Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The OECD's Better Life Index surveyed citizens in 36 countries around the world to determine global priorities and found that "life satisfaction" is viewed as more important to U.S. citizens than is "health."
"The U.S. is slightly different from other OECD countries. What comes first is usually health. Life satisfaction usually comes second," says Romina Boarini, head of the Measuring Well-Being and Progress Section at the OECD. "Things such as income and civic engagement are not necessarily rated very highly in the U.S."
It might sound surprising that income would be considered relatively unimportant to U.S. citizens. While income is still a top priority for many, the majority of American respondents said income took a back seat to factors such as satisfaction, health, education, work-life balance, the environment, safety, housing and jobs.