Yoga retreats, mindfulness apps, meditation rooms, sleep hygiene… wellness is the umbrella under which so many of our modern hobbies, habits and fixations sit. And as it becomes increasingly central to our lives, it affects the choices we make.

Glassdoor offers potential employees a peek into the realities of a workplace, providing an insight into how people are treated, how flexible the working hours are, what the holiday provisions are and what the overall culture is like in order to help people avoid joining a toxic organisation or taking a job that will make them ill or unhappy. The Global Wellness Index, meanwhile, offers a glimpse into how happy and healthy people are according to where they live.

Might this wellness ranking and reviewing model translate over to other sectors? Hugo Dale-Harris of the Higher Education Policy Institute believes it would benefit education, stating, “Higher education is about making lives better. That’s why we need better wellbeing metrics and maybe even a wellbeing league table.”

With students increasingly turning to campus environment to inform their decisions and with anxiety on the rise, might it be time to rank wellbeing alongside grades, satisfaction and employability? And should we start to design with those metrics in mind?

Read our piece on anti-anxiety architecture here.

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