Quality of life

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The most abstract and complex criterion of real or anticipated social welfare (*) of citizens. It is calculated on the basis of indices of the standard of living, health, the state of the environment, working conditions, level of education, development of culture, as well as an appraisal of people’s general state of meaning and interest in life. In each civilization and in each stage of history, q. of l. has come to be understood as a complex structure of social existence, which includes personal freedom and the level of general humanization. Q. of L. cannot be evaluated by quantitative measures alone, as a disproportion between a high standard of living and q. of l. is frequently observed.