Reading Outcomes Framework Toolkit

Health and wellbeing outcomes

Mental health


The next four questions are about your feelings on aspects of your life. There are no right or wrong answers.

Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?

Scale: 0 = not at all satisifed, 10 = completely satisifed

Overall, to what extent do you feel that the things you do in your life are worthwhile?

Scale: 0 = not at all worthwhile, 10 = completely worthwhile

Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?

Scale: 0 = not at all happy, 10 = completely happy

Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?

Scale: 0 = not at all anxious, 10 = completely anxious

Source: Labour Force Survey (2015) developed by ONS, Subjective Wellbeing - Questions p.22-23.


Below are some statements about feelings and thoughts. Please tick the box that best describes your experience of each over the last 2 weeks

  • I've been feeling optimistic about the future
  • I've been feeling useful
  • I've been feeling relaxed
  • I've been feeling interested in other people
  • I've had energy to spare
  • I've been dealing with problems well
  • I've been thinking clearly
  • I've been feeling good about myself
  • I've been feeling close to other people (see more)

Scale: None of the time / rarely / some of the time / often / all of the time

Source: The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (2006).

Tip: This is an extract from a larger set of statements - refer to full source for more


Below are a number of statements about happiness. Rate how much you agree or disagree with each:

  • I don't feel particularly pleased with the way I am
  • I am intensely interested in other people
  • I feel that life is very rewarding
  • I have very warm feelings towards almost everyone
  • I rarely wake up feeling rested
  • I am not particularly optimistic about the future
  • I find most things amusing
  • I am always committed and involved
  • Life is good
  • I don't think that the world is a good place
  • I laugh a lot
  • I am well satisfied about everything in my life (see more)

Scale: Strongly Disagree / Moderately Disagree / Slightly Disagree / Slightly Agree / Moderately Agree / Strongly Agree

Source: Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (2002) from Inspiring Impact Hub - developed by Peter Hills, Michael Argyle & Oxford Brookes University.

Tip: This is an extract from a larger set of statements - refer to full source for more.

Physical health


How is this child's health in general?

  • Very good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Bad
  • Very bad

Are this child's day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?

  • Yes, limited a lot
  • Yes, limited a little
  • No

Source: Welsh Health Survey Questionnaire for Parents of 4-12 year olds (2015) developed by NHS Direct Wales - Questions 4a and 4b.


How is your health in general? Would you say it was...

  • Very good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Bad
  • Very bad

Do you have any physical or mental health conditions or illnesses lasting or expected to last 12 months or more?

Source: The Health Survey for England (2014) - Household Questionnaire developed by the HSCIC. Questions on conditions and illnesses in section 'General Health'.

Tip: There are a number of relevant questions in this survey which you may wish to use.



How often have you been feeling relaxed over the last two weeks?

  • None of the time
  • Rarely
  • Some of the time
  • Often
  • All of the time

Overall, how relaxed did you feel yesterday? And overall, how stressed did you feel yesterday?

Scale: 0 = 'not at all' and 10 = 'completely'

Source: Adapted from Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (2013 & 2012 versions) developed by ONS.