What makes people happy? Why should governments care about people's well-being?
How would policy change if well-being were the main objective? The Origins of
Happiness seeks to revolutionize how we think about human priorities and to
promote public policy changes that are based on what really matters to people.
Drawing on a uniquely comprehensive range of evidence from longitudinal data on
over one hundred thousand individuals in Britain, the United States, Australia,
and Germany, the authors consider the key factors that affect human well-being.
The authors explore factors such as income, education, employment, family
conflict, health, childcare, and crime--and their findings are not what we might