Figure 1. Changes in judgmental well-being among OBOR countries

Figure 2. Changes in emotional well-being among OBOR countries

In this section, we examine how well-being among OBOR countries have changed.

We consider the changes from 2009-2010 after the global recession, to 2015-2016, the most recent two-year period for which data from the Gallup World Poll are available. We present first the changes in judgmental well-being--average life evaluations ( Figure 1) and then in emotional well-being -- average positive experience (Figure 2) among 64 OBOR countries.

Of the 64 countries in judgmental well-being, 54 have significant changes, 34 of which were significant increases, ranging from 0.148 to 1.372 points on the 0 to 10 scale. There are 20 showing significant decreases, ranging from -0.182 to -1.517 points, while the remaining 10 countries reveal no significant trend from 2009-2010 to 2015-2016.

In terms of emotional well-being, 25 have significant increases, ranging from 0.047 to 0.421 on the 0 to 1 scale, and 22 have significant decreases, ranging from -0.051 to -0.555. The remaining 17 countries do not real significant changes.

Asides from well-being level, we still investigate the changes of well-being inequality among OBOR countries have changed.

Figure 3 shows the changes of well-being inequality from 2009-2010 to 2015-2016, with inequality decrease ranking top and inequality increase as low.

Of the 64 countries, 54 have significant changes, 20 of which were significant decreases, ranging from -0.083 to -0.595. There are 35 showing significant increases, ranging from 0.089 to 1.248 points, while the remaining 9 countries reveal no significant trend from 2009-2010 to 2015-2016.

Among two well-being indicators and well-being inequality, we can easily find some different trends for certain countries, which intrigues us and readers for further thoughts and investigation.

Figure 3. Changes in well-being inequality among OBOR countries