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Happiness: a message to world leaders

05 Dec 2011 | Action for Happiness

Something extremely important is happening. We are seeing increasing pressure on world leaders to rethink how we define social progress. At the heart of this is the shift away from prioritising economic growth at all costs, towards maximising people's overall wellbeing and happiness.

Today our movement has gained a huge boost thanks to the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. He has written to all world leaders calling for them to make people's happiness and wellbeing the political priority for 2012.

The President's letter is being sent with a copy of the World Book of Happiness, which combines insights from 100 leading researchers in 50 different countries.

The letter also specifically mentions, and gives support to, the work of Action for Happiness as a global movement of people taking action to create a happier world.

"I am very happy to give my support to the worldwide activity of Lord Richard Layard (www.actionforhappiness.org), which offers all of us starting-points for happiness. It is an international movement for positive social change. Thousands of men and women in more than a hundred countries are committed to it." - Herman Van Rompuy

Click here to see the letter sent to President Obama.

Herman Van Rompuy World Book of Happiness

Herman Van Rompuy and the World Book of Happiness

Letter to President Obama

Letter from Herman Van Rompuy to President Obama (also sent to other world leaders)

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