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International Quality of Life Month – January 2023

International Quality of Life Month is observed in January — a time that focuses on how a person can improve the quality of the life they are currently living. But, you may ask, how is that possible? Well, there is always something that you can add to your life to make it better. This can include a daily walk, a workout plan, reading a few pages of a book every day, or simply giving up on bad habits such as excessive drinking or smoking. Yes, this is the time you commit to improving your life, and the lives of those around you. The aim is to achieve happiness in any way that you can!

History of International Quality of Life Month

The concept of enhancing one’s quality of life has existed for decades. However, the perception of the “quality of life” differs from person to person and from region to region. In terms of clinical practice and research, Quality of Life (QoL) revolves around being provided optimum health care. Hence, to achieve a high QoL, governments started focusing on providing a public health care system that is free of cost and helps in curing health issues that may negatively impact the way an individual lives their life. For instance, a person with asthma may not be able to live their life without the availability of an inhaler — therefore, lowering their quality of life.

It is due to the formation of this concept that medical fields began to focus on not just the quantity of one’s life, but also the quality. The World Health Organization (WHO) on the other hand, measures the “quality of life” in the context of one’s culture, their standard of living, and the value system of a nation. This is where concerns such as freedom of speech and expression come in. Moreover, people of a nation with an autocratic leadership style are presumed to have a lower quality of life as compared to those living in a democratic state.

The quality of life of people is also affected by the poverty rate of a nation, inflation, and the availability of necessities. However, on a personal level, one’s quality of life is also greatly interconnected with finances, fitness, education provided, the relationships one has with others, as well as how one feels spiritually.

International Quality of Life Month timeline

1966
The Medical Way

Quality of Life (QoL) is mentioned in the medical field by J. R. Elkington.

1977
The Key Factor

QoL becomes a keyword in the Medical Subject Headings of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

1980s
Treat Yourself

QoL impacts decisions related to treatments.

1990s
Endgame

QoL is used to justify euthanasia in certain patients.

International Quality of Life Month FAQs

What defines good quality of life?

Quality of life is defined by an individual’s level of comfort in life. 

Why do we need quality of life?

Quality of life is important to help achieve happiness and satisfaction. 

What is the final goal of quality life?

The end goal is to be able to be provided with exemplary healthcare. 

How to Observe International Quality of Life Month

  1. Improve your quality of life

    To celebrate the month, look up ways you can enhance your quality of life. This could include a new skincare regime, a new diet, or a new activity.

  2. Help others improve their quality of life

    Not everyone is leading a good quality of life that they are meant to lead. This includes the need for improvement in certain areas of life such as nutrition, mental health, and so on. So this month, try to guide people on how they can live life better.

  3. Create awareness

    Speak about the people who have a poor quality of life due to lack of finances and figure out ways in which they can be helped. Boast about the importance of having a good quality of life on your social media pages and make everyone aware of this special holiday.

5 Fun Facts About Happiness

  1. Positivity and the common cold

    Happy people with positive emotions are less likely to develop the common cold.

  2. The easiest way to be happy

    Performing good deeds is one of the fastest ways to get some happiness into our lives.

  3. A journal-published study

    According to a published study, “being outdoors makes people happier.” 

  4. Boosting quality of life

    Quality of life is enhanced in societies that provide more freedom and independence.

  5. Room lighting and feelings

    Research has revealed that bright lights in a room decrease sadness and hopelessness.

Why International Quality of Life Month is Important

  1. It defines the concept of ‘quality of life’

    January is important because it talks about why an improvement in the quality of life is essential and what is needed to further enhance your life. This month gives people a chance to fully take in the concept and implement ways to improve their lives and attain happiness.

  2. It urges people to do better

    The month urges people to do better in areas that affect their quality of life negatively. During the month, a charity for those in need is also encouraged.

  3. Problem areas are highlighted

    International Quality of Life Month also gives the government a chance to further highlight problem areas that cause hindrance in the lives of people. With this information, they will be able to enforce strategic methods to help citizens improve their quality of life.

International Quality of Life Month dates

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2027January 1Friday
Celebration of Life Week
Diet Resolution Week
National Silent Record Week
National Time Consciousness Week
New Year’s Resolutions Week
The World Series of Beer Pong
Apple Gifting Day
Bonza Bottler Day
Commitment Day
Copyright Law Day
Ellis Island Day
Euro Day
Global Family Day
Haiti Independence Day
International Public Domain Day
Mummer's Parade
National Bloody Mary Day
National First-Foot Day
National Hangover Day
National Shepherd Day
New Year's Day
New Year’s Dishonor List Day
Polar Bear Plunge Day
Public Domain Day
Ring a Bell Day
Rose Bowl Game
Solemnity of Mary
Sudan Independence Day
Triumph of the Revolution
Universal Hour of Peace
World Day of Peace
Z Day
Apple and Apricot Month
Artichoke and Asparagus Month
Be Kind To Food Servers Month
Bread Machine Baking Month
California Dried Plum Digestive Month
California Restaurant Month
Celebration Of Life Month
Cervical Health Awareness Month
Children Impacted by Parent's Cancer Month
Clap 4 Health Month
Dry January
Family Fit Lifestyle Month
Financial Wellness Month
Get A Balanced Life Month
Get Ireland Active
Get Organized Month
Ginuary
International Brain Teaser Month
International Change Your Stars Month
International Child-Centered Divorce Month
International Creativity Month
International Quality of Life Month
International Wayfinding Month
International Wealth Mentality Month
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
Little Things Mental Health Campaign
Manuary
March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month
National Bath Safety Month
National Be On-Purpose Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Black Diamond Month
National Blood Donor Month
National Book Blitz Month
National Braille Literacy Month
National CBD Month
National Clean Up Your Computer Month
National Codependency Awareness Month
National Conscience Month
National Eye Care Month
National Fiber Focus Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Hobby Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Mail Order Gardening Month
National Meat Month
National Mentoring Month
National Menudo Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Personal Trainer Awareness Month
National Polka Music Month
National Poverty in America Awareness Month
National Radon Action Month
National Skating Month
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Stalking Awareness Month
National Staying Healthy Month
National Sunday Supper Month
National Thank You Month
National Train Your Dog Month
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
National Wheat Bread Month
Poverty Awareness Month
Prune Breakfast Month
Receding Gums Awareness Month
Retail Bakers Month
Rising Star Month
Self-Love Month
Shape Up US Month
START Child Health campaign
Teen Driving Awareness Month
Thyroid Awareness Month
Tubers and Dried Fruit Month
Unchain a Dog Month
Veganuary
Walk Your Dog Month

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