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Switch off, chip in, be happy, say activists

27 Apr 2011 | LA Times

If you want to be happy, elect your boss, take a break from your mobile phone and give to charity - that's the advice from a new global movement for happiness whose members include the Dalai Lama.

Action for Happiness was co-founded by Richard Layard, an economics professor at the London School of Economics, and is supported by more than 4,500 members from 68 countries and organizations such as the British Psychological Society.

The movement rejects individualism and the pursuit of material wealth and provides alternative practical tips for a happier life, which it says are based on scientific evidence.

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