We are delighted to announce a global competition 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.  Enter by filling out this simple form.

To enter, students between 11 and 20 should submit an essay or blog of 100-500 words on the question:

What is happiness and what can we do to promote it?

You can learn more about happiness and human flourishing by reading Happiness Explained which uses scientific research from economics, psychology, and philosophy, as well as a range of other subjects, to describe a new way of thinking in which human flourishing plays a central role in how we measure national and global progress. The purpose of the prize is both to encourage students and schools to think about and engage with the topic of wellbeing and research though made accessible through this popular format book which demonstrates how the things that add to our happiness, wellbeing, and quality of life can be measured and understood across the whole of the life course. There is a now a growing interest around the world at all levels in the concepts of happiness and wellbeing and the implications they can have on our lives and this is an opportunity for young adolescents to reflect on this. You are invited to consider what we can do to promote human flourishing given the definition particularly outlined in chapter 2 of Happiness Explained.  

We are looking for thoughtful, original and well written contributions, written in English, that in someway engage with the research described in Happiness Explained and with which the adult world in policy and education will be interested. Allowances will be made for age and you allowed to discuss your entry with others (e.g. at home or at school) though the final written blog or essay should be all your own work.

 The rules are:

1. Entrants must be no younger than 11 years old and no older than 20 years old on 1 September 2016.

2. Your entry must be a reaction to some of the ideas in Happiness Explained published by Oxford University Press.

3. Your entry must be

  • No more than 4000 characters, and between 100 – 500 words long.
  • The work of the person named on the submission form.
  • Written in English
  • Submitted by 23.59 GMT on 31 September 2016  

4. Entrants agree that their submission may be published (possibly with minor editing) online and distributed via an e-newsletter with their first name, school’s name and country. 

5. The closing date for entries is 31st September 2016. Entries received after this date will not be considered and we strongly recommend earlier submission in case you have problems connecting to the website.

The winner will be announced at happinessexplained.org by December 1st on the prize website organised by the Oxford based charity, Foundation for Knowledge Exchange and can be found at:  www.happinessexplained.org where details of the judging panel will be posted in due course as they are finalised.


Happiness School Student Essay Prize