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New Report 'Understanding Happiness'

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New Report 'Understanding Happiness'

“Understanding Happiness”, a CAGE policy report which is intended to enhance understanding of how the well-being of individuals and societies is affected by myriad forces. The report considers ways to rethink traditional aims and definitions of socioeconomic progress.

Chapter 1: “Happiness as a policy aim” considers that a mixture of human feelings must be given weight in government policy-making

Chapter 2. “The happiness gene” examines whether genetic components play a role in happiness

Chapter 3 “Happiness through History” creates a happiness index over time, by examining the emotions conveyed by words from 8 million digitised books,

Chapter 4: Implications for public policy considers that a greater focus on happiness in policy-making could shape priorities right from their conception