This indicator is about the extent to which people feel their lives have meaning and a sense of purpose.

Sense of purpose

This indicator is about how worthwhile people think the things they do in life are, reflecting an individual’s sense of purpose. It shows the percentage of people aged 15 years and over who rated how worthwhile they felt the things they do are, at 7 or higher on a 0 to 10 scale. On this scale 0 is not at all worthwhile and 10 is completely worthwhile.

86%
of New Zealanders aged 15 years and over gave a high rating for how worthwhile the things that they do are, in 2018.

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Where a person reported more than one ethnic group, they were counted in each applicable group.

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Correction

Data for this indicator was updated on 21 July 2020 to correct for minor rounding errors. This includes the headline statistic, which was corrected from 85.9 percent to 86 percent.