This book is about how people rate their quality of life in today's society. It describes quality of life in terms of the subjective experiences people derive from their everyday activities, interactions, and events. It distinguishes quality of life from standard of living. The latter refers to objective circumstances and possessions a person has, while the former refers to how people experience their lives. People rate their quality of life according to their experiences rather than their standard of living. This book guides readers interested in improving their quality of living by using self assessment questionnaires that help to identify both the positive and negative experiences people have on an everyday basis. It then describes specific steps people can use to decrease negative experiences in their lives and increase the number of positive experiences. As they do so, people can realize that their quality of life improves regardless of their current circumstances. This book also includes information about how people in very difficult circumstances, such as living with a disability, can have as high a quality of life as anyone else.
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