International Quality of Life Month is observed in January — a time that focuses on how a person can improve the quality of the life they are currently living. But, you may ask, how is that possible? Well, there is always something that you can add to your life to make it better. This can include a daily walk, a workout plan, reading a few pages of a book every day, or simply giving up on bad habits such as excessive drinking or smoking. Yes, this is the time you commit to improving your life, and the lives of those around you. The aim is to achieve happiness in any way that you can!
History of International Quality of Life Month
The concept of enhancing one’s quality of life has existed for decades. However, the perception of the “quality of life” differs from person to person and from region to region. In terms of clinical practice and research, Quality of Life (QoL) revolves around being provided optimum health care. Hence, to achieve a high QoL, governments started focusing on providing a public health care system that is free of cost and helps in curing health issues that may negatively impact the way an individual lives their life. For instance, a person with asthma may not be able to live their life without the availability of an inhaler — therefore, lowering their quality of life.
It is due to the formation of this concept that medical fields began to focus on not just the quantity of one’s life, but also the quality. The World Health Organization (WHO) on the other hand, measures the “quality of life” in the context of one’s culture, their standard of living, and the value system of a nation. This is where concerns such as freedom of speech and expression come in. Moreover, people of a nation with an autocratic leadership style are presumed to have a lower quality of life as compared to those living in a democratic state.
The quality of life of people is also affected by the poverty rate of a nation, inflation, and the availability of necessities. However, on a personal level, one’s quality of life is also greatly interconnected with finances, fitness, education provided, the relationships one has with others, as well as how one feels spiritually.
International Quality of Life Month timeline
Quality of Life (QoL) is mentioned in the medical field by J. R. Elkington.
QoL becomes a keyword in the Medical Subject Headings of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
QoL impacts decisions related to treatments.
QoL is used to justify euthanasia in certain patients.
International Quality of Life Month FAQs
What defines good quality of life?
Quality of life is defined by an individual’s level of comfort in life.
Why do we need quality of life?
Quality of life is important to help achieve happiness and satisfaction.
What is the final goal of quality life?
The end goal is to be able to be provided with exemplary healthcare.
How to Observe International Quality of Life Month
Improve your quality of life
To celebrate the month, look up ways you can enhance your quality of life. This could include a new skincare regime, a new diet, or a new activity.
Help others improve their quality of life
Not everyone is leading a good quality of life that they are meant to lead. This includes the need for improvement in certain areas of life such as nutrition, mental health, and so on. So this month, try to guide people on how they can live life better.
Speak about the people who have a poor quality of life due to lack of finances and figure out ways in which they can be helped. Boast about the importance of having a good quality of life on your social media pages and make everyone aware of this special holiday.
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The easiest way to be happy
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A journal-published study
According to a published study, “being outdoors makes people happier.”
Boosting quality of life
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Room lighting and feelings
Research has revealed that bright lights in a room decrease sadness and hopelessness.
Why International Quality of Life Month is Important
It defines the concept of ‘quality of life’
January is important because it talks about why an improvement in the quality of life is essential and what is needed to further enhance your life. This month gives people a chance to fully take in the concept and implement ways to improve their lives and attain happiness.
It urges people to do better
The month urges people to do better in areas that affect their quality of life negatively. During the month, a charity for those in need is also encouraged.
Problem areas are highlighted
International Quality of Life Month also gives the government a chance to further highlight problem areas that cause hindrance in the lives of people. With this information, they will be able to enforce strategic methods to help citizens improve their quality of life.
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