With current level of development of human civilization, the focus of the global society has shifted to identifying wellbeing of both an individual and the population in general. Wellbeing, which is also often considered as ‘happiness’ is regarded as a complicated system of indicators and factors that affect the health of the society in many of its understandings. In the white paper “A City of Wellbeing: The what, why & how of measuring community wellbeing” produced by Warner and Kern for Santa Monica Office of Wellbeing, the central focus is made on wellbeing as a concept of societal nature that can be investigated in both qualitative and quantitative categories. Wellbeing of the community as ‘a better life for citizens’ is regarded from the point of view of measuring its index, which is a curious idea that allows to investigate the healthiness of the specific community in terms of happiness of its members.

The questions that can be raised to add to this idea are based on the understanding of the complicated nature of this issue. It is not currently possible to deal with a limited number of indexes only that would show the comprehensive picture. Moreover, it is doubtful that it will ever be possible. However, the major question is, if it is possible, than how to elaborate an index that would identify the wellbeing of the community in its comprehensive and complex nature? What variables are to be obligatory taken into consideration and, most curiously, if occupation is one of them? How to measure life satisfaction objectively, without the necessity to correlate it with current situations and feelings of the members of the community? The perspectives of such an index are great as they would allow to promote the spheres that lack attention from government and public, as well as balance the life of communities to find the ‘just right’ focus. General benefits of improving wellbeing of the citizens enforced by decreasing levels of crime and poverty are enough to warrant further research of the topic.