Happiness Explained: Human Flourishing and Global Progress

Hardcover | April 11, 2016

byPaul Anand

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What is human happiness and how can we promote it? These questions are central to human existence and Happiness Explained draws on scientific research from economics, psychology, and philosophy, as well as a range of other disciplines, to outline a new paradigm in which human flourishing plays a central role in the assessment of national and globalprogress. It shows why the traditional national income approach is limited as a measure of human wellbeing and demonstrates how the contributors to happiness, wellbeing, and quality of life can be measured and understood across the human life course. Discussing wide-ranging aspects, from parenting,decent employment, friendship, education, and health in old age, through to money, autonomy, and fairness, as well as personal strategies and governmental polices used in the pursuit of happiness, it offers a science-based understanding of human flourishing.Written by an economist involved in helping governmental organisations move 'beyond GDP', Happiness Explained shows how a wide range of factors that contribute to better and happier lives and how, together, they provide a new blueprint for the assessment of progress in terms of personalwellbeing.

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What is human happiness and how can we promote it? These questions are central to human existence and Happiness Explained draws on scientific research from economics, psychology, and philosophy, as well as a range of other disciplines, to outline a new paradigm in which human flourishing plays a central role in the assessment of natio...

Paul Anand is an economist involved in helping governmental organizations move beyond GDP. He has held posts at Oxford University where he obtained his doctorate on the foundations of rational choice. He has written extensively on quality of life issues through research funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Arts and Humanities Researc...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pagesPublished:April 11, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198735456

ISBN - 13:9780198735458

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Table of Contents

1. The Need to Go Beyond GDP2. Human Flourishing3. The Wellbeing Space - What It Is and How We Are Doing?4. Quality of Life in Childhood and Older Age5. The Economics of Happiness and Wellbeing6. Psychological Motivation, Interactions, and Strategies7. Fairness and Justice8. International and Policy Perspectives9. Progress as Human Development