Economic growth is defined as an increase in aggregate social output (whether measured in gross domestic product, surplus value, or other quantitative terms) over time. In other words, economic growth represents an increase in the total quantity/value of stuff in the economy. There is no normative judgment about whether or not this extra stuff improves the overall quality of life. Indeed, it is possible for a growth to occur in a society where general health is deteriorating, crime is increasing, etc. On the other hand, economic growth (more stuff) may make it easier for a society to finance improved quality of life for the citizenry as a whole (or some subset thereof).