Do you want to help create a happier and kinder world? If so, please join our movement, add your pledge and we'll send you practical action ideas to make a difference. By choosing to Join, you trust Action for Happiness to take care of your personal information and agree to our Privacy Policy.

I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me



news rss feed rss logo

Lord Layard speech at Wellbeing Conference, HM Treasury

25 Nov 2010 | Richard Layard

This is a wonderful day for the cause of happiness. For the first time in British history, well-being is accepted as a proper objective of government policy, and therefore worth measuring as accurately as possible.

However, this raises many questions and I want to address four of them:

  • Is subjective well-being the legitimate business of government?
  • Can we measure it?
  • What causes it?
  • What are the policy implications?
Read full speech here


Action for Happiness


follow us on twitter