What I’ve learned on the journey to happiness.
They say to improve your mood you should fake a smile and roll with the crowd. But research suggests the more pressure you feel to be happy, the worse you’ll end up feeling.
Turn that frown upside down.
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Governments use a variety of labor market policies to support workers who lose their jobs – each with a different impact on a country’s well-being.
Our study of 14,000 Australians shows the effect of 18 major life events on happiness and life satisfaction.
It’s just dollars and cents.
An economist who has studied new ways to improve measures of gross domestic product explains what GDP is and how it could better reflect an economy and the well-being of its inhabitants.
Sam 'Dele-Ogunti Documentary Photographer. Lagos, Nigeria.
The more humans seek happiness, the more it can elude them. In exploring this conundrum, a Nigerian novelist spoke with everyday people in his country, finding the coexistence of hope and deprivation.
Many hands make light work.
Economic growth should be reimagined not only at the macro level, but also at the micro, business level. Social enterprises offer new, collaborative approaches to growth that maximize societal impact.
Bhutan’s prime minister Lotay Tshering (left) with India’s Narendra Modi prior to a meeting in New Delhi in December 2018.
Bhutan, a poor country, ranks 26th out of 180 countries surveyed on corruption. How does the kingdom fight such issue and what can we learn from such experience?
Dumped waste is a constant eyesore on the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub.
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Littering in protest is indicative of a discordant society, and a culture of littering can tell us a lot about a society’s ethos.
Happiness and life satisfaction levels vary across different religious groups.
Considering factors that contribute to happiness and life satisfaction.
Pro-EU march in London, March 25, 2017.
Despite the peace and prosperity brought about by the EU, it continues to be seen as remote and antidemocratic. How can this be fixed ? One possibility is the creation of a Commissioner for Happiness.
Denmark is considered the happiest country in the world.
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 ?
After Christmas, and the Boxing Day sales, it seems like a good time to ask: what is the purpose of all this consumption?
A happy outcome?
Susan Oman interviews Goldsmith’s Will Davies, author of The Happiness Industry.
Does relentlessly criticising Australia’s human rights record risk doing more harm than good?
Australia’s human rights record isn’t perfect, but it still good. if Australians aren’t able to take some pride in that and be inspired to do even better, over-the-top criticism could backfire.
Smile, though your heart is aching.
The idea that data on happiness and well-being can be used to guide government policy has steadily gained popularity over the past decade. But as we seek ways to replace, or at least complement GDP as…
Counting on GDP misses the mood.
Since 1990, GDP per person in China has doubled and then redoubled. With average incomes multiplying fourfold in little more than two decades, one might expect many of the Chinese people to be dancing…
Is this really the kind of society we want?
How happy do you feel today? How satisfied are you with your life? Do you think your life has any worth? These are the kind of questions increasingly put to survey respondents as academics and politicians…
Bhutan has built its economy and society on preserving the environment.
In a time of diminishing global biodiversity, Bhutan’s conservation achievements read like an environmentalist’s heavenly dream. More than 50% of its land area is designated as protected in national parks…
There’s more to life than buying stuff.
We are now five years into the largest financial crisis in decades and yet, paradoxically, people don’t seem to be more unhappy than they were before. The UK ranked 10th of the countries surveyed for the…