The new book from Paul Anand,  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 global progress. 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.

What is happiness and what can we do promote it?

We are delighted to announce a global competition for school-age students to win a £250 prize for the best essay or blog responding to any central theme or topic in Happiness Explained published by Oxford University Press in 2016. There will also be a £250 prize for the school where the winner is a pupil.