Georgia Ranks 10 Worst on Global Well-Being Index

<p>The other day I took the taxi, for a short drive I usually pay 3 GEL, Taxi driver asked me 10GEL, when I pointed him that it's a bad attitude regarding foreigners, he started to yell on me telling that - Foreigners just like to visit Georgia, not to spend a dime, and that he is not satisfied with that. I asked does he thinks Georgia is equal to Germany, Netherlands or Spain?</p><p><strong>If it so, why dies he is driving a junk car without safety belts and fails to comply with traffic signs, rude violating the traffic rules?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>I gave him 5 Lari and asked he gives me back my change - 2 GEL, he refused. I was too tired to argue and I left taxi driver with those 5 GEL.&nbsp;</p><p>But I felt pretty sad. I mean - I can understand desire of locals to have better salaries and better well-being, but does it comes on price of foreigners?</p><p>Anyway - today I found that Georgia is listed top 10 of worst well-being countries according to research made of&nbsp;<span><a href="… Global Well-Being Index in 2013</a></span></p><p><span><img src="; width="298" height="452"></span></p><p><span>I wouldn't mention the case with taxi driver in start of this post, and probably I wouldn't mention Georgia as one of the lowest well being countries, but since both have happened, it led me to this article.</span></p><p><em>Personally, I'm not saying Georgia is a poor country. Statistics are saying that.&nbsp;</em></p><h2><strong>Global Well-Being Index Largest Recent Global Study of Well-Being</strong></h2><p>The Global Well-Being Index is an extension of more than six years of research and 2 million interviews in the U.S. through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The Global Well-Being Index is a global barometer of individuals’ perceptions of their well-being and is the largest recent study of its kind. Data collected in 2013, across 135 countries and areas, and with more than 133,000 interviews, have been compiled into the&nbsp;<em>State of Global Well-Being</em>, a comprehensive report presenting the global demographics of well-being. The Global Well-Being Index is organized into the five elements:</p><ul><li>Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals</li><li>Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life</li><li>Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security</li><li>Community: liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community</li><li>Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily</li></ul><p>In analyzing the results of the index, Gallup classifies responses as “thriving” (well-being that is strong and consistent), “struggling” (well-being that is moderate or inconsistent), or “suffering” (well-being that is low and inconsistent).</p><h2><strong>Survey Methods</strong></h2><p>Results for the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews on the Gallup World Poll, with a random sample of approximately 133,000 adults, aged 15 and older, living in 135 countries and areas in 2013.</p><p>For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is less than ±1 percentage point at the 95% confidence level. For results based on country-level samples, the margin of error ranges from a low of ±2.1 to a high of ±5.3.</p><p>All country-level analyses use country weights. Global and regional analysis uses projection weights that account for country size. Minimum sample sizes of N=300 apply.</p><p>In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.</p><p>Each element in the Global Well-Being Index contains two questions asked of all respondents:</p><p><strong>Purpose</strong></p><ul><li>You like what you do every day.</li><li>You learn or do something interesting every day.</li></ul><p><strong>Social</strong></p><ul><li>Someone in your life always encourages you to be healthy.</li><li>Your friends and family give you positive energy every day.</li></ul><p><strong>Financial</strong></p><ul><li>You have enough money to do everything you want to do.</li><li>In the last seven days, you have worried about money.</li></ul><p><strong>Community</strong></p><ul><li>The city or area where you live is a perfect place for you.</li><li>In the last 12 months, you have received recognition for helping to improve the city or area where you live.</li></ul><p><strong>Physical</strong></p><ul><li>In the last seven days, you have felt active and productive every day.</li><li>Your physical health is near-perfect.</li></ul>