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Denmark is considered the happiest country in the world. Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen/Reuters

How do we measure well-being?

Increasing well-being is generally accepted as one of the essential components of social progress. But which measure of well-being – if any – should we use ?
If businesses meet the needs of their employees they will feel like they are growing and will be more productive, research suggests. www.shutterstock.com

How happiness improves business results

Happy employees, whose basic needs are met, are essential to a productive business.
In life, happiness can seem fleeting and elusive, something just out of reach. Steve Corey/flickr

Why you shouldn’t want to always be happy

The positive psychology movement led to hundreds of studies dedicated to improving human happiness. So why has nothing changed?
Jumping to conclusions. Does GDP mislead us? Antoine Gady/Flickr

The science of happiness can trump GDP as a guide for policy

Our feelings of self-worth and contentment are no longer the preserve of writers and artists. Science has made measurement of our well-being a viable alternative to the banalities of economic output.
Research into the way emotions spread through online social networks shows that happiness is contagious. www.shutterstock.com

Smiles all round: why sharing happy news is good for you and everyone you know

Research shows that when people share happy news on social media, they make their friends - and extended social network - happy too. Picking up on this trend is a new swathe of "good news" websites.
However hard we pursue happiness, when the party’s over we must still confront the grimmer aspects of life. Shutterstock/YanLev

Is a cult of happiness leading us to lose sight of life?

We can pursue our own happiness to the exclusion of the real world, but how meaningful can that be? Far better to engage with life and both the happiness and sadness it brings along the way.

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