The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being


      The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being
During the past forty years, thousands of studies have been carried out on the subject of happiness Some have explored the levels of happiness or dissatisfaction associated with typical daily activities, such as working, seeing friends, or doing household chores Others have tried to determine the extent to which income, family, religion, and other factors are associated with the satisfaction people feel about their lives The Gallup organization has begun conducting global surveys of happiness, and several countries are considering publishing periodic reports on the growth or decline of happiness among their people One nation, tiny Bhutan, has actually made Gross National Happiness the central aim of its domestic policy How might happiness research affect government policy in the United States and beyond In The Politics of Happiness, former Harvard president Derek Bok examines how governments could use the rapidly growing research data on what makes people happy in a variety of policy areas to increase well being and improve the quality of life for all their citizens Bok first describes the principal findings of happiness researchers He considers how reliable the results appear to be and whether they deserve to be taken into account in devising government policies Recognizing both the strengths and weaknesses of happiness research, Bok looks at the policy implications for economic growth, equality, retirement, unemployment, health care, mental health, family programs, education, and government quality, among other subjects Timely and incisive, The Politics of Happiness sheds new light on what makes people happy and how government policy could foster greater satisfaction for all. New Download eBook The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being author Derek Bok – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

Derek Curtis Bok born March 22, 1930 is an American lawyer and educator, and the former president of Harvard University.Bok was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Stanford University B.A., 1951 , Harvard Law School J.D., 1954 , and George Washington University A.M., 1958 He taught law at Harvard from 1958, where he served as dean of the law school 1968 1971 and then as university president 1971 1991 Bok currently serves as the Faculty Chair at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard and continues to teach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School.After 15 years away from the Harvard presidency, Bok returned to lead the university on an interim basis after Lawrence Summers s resignation took effect on July 1, 2006 He was succeeded by Drew Gilpin Faust on July 1, 2007.Bok s wife, the sociologist and philosopher Sissela Bok, n e Myrdal daughter of the Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal and the politician and diplomat Alva Myrdal, both Nobel laureates , is also affiliated with Harvard, where she received her doctorate in 1970 His daughter, Hilary Bok, is a philosophy professor at Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Hardcover
  • 262 pages
  • The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being
  • Derek Bok
  • English
  • 19 June 2017
  • 0691144893

10 thoughts on “ The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being

  1. says:

    Bien el libro Dej de leerlo para buscar otra literatura, pues estos libros en general ponen muchas p ginas a los hechos estilizados que en general son muy similares en todos ellos

  2. says:

    I liked this book, it started with the Country of Bhutan, a small country located between tibet and china which measures the gross national happiness, rather than gross domestic product It is the first country on earth to bepublically concerned with happiness than with production This is great So then it goes into how we define happiness how we can measure such an ephemeral thing 1 Relationships were the thing that gave people most happiness 2 Wealthier people generally happier.3 I I liked this book, it started with the Country of Bhutan, a small country located between tibet and china which measures the gross national happiness, rather than gross domestic product It is the first country on earth to bepublically concerned with happiness than with production This is great So then it goes into how we define happiness how we can measure such an ephemeral thing 1 Relationships were the thing that gave people most happiness 2 Wealthier people generally happier.3 It went into a lot of details then concerning politics like welfare, education and health resources for people and how this plays a role in the happiness of a country 4 Most of it it acknowledged was pretty obvious, married people were happier, healthier people were happier, wealthier people happier 5 Non obvious things, people...

  3. says:

    Seven factors of happiness inherited temperament, marriage, social relationships, employment, perceived health, religion and quality of government.Sleep is also important Sleep deprived people perform badly on all aspects of creativve thinking including originality, flexibility, generating unusual ideas being able to ...

  4. says:

    This book had some interesting thoughts, especially in the first two chapters and in a couple of the middle chapters, but it also had a lot of detail that didn t hold my attention I kept putting the book aside and later picking it back up Still, I feel like I learned a lot from reading it If nothing else, I have a better understanding of how our representational democracy actually works, how the media in my lifetime gives us a little bit of a distorted picture of the government, and how p This book had some interesting thoughts, especially in the first two chapters and in a couple of the middle chapters, but it also had a lot of detail that didn t hold my attention I kept putting ...

  5. says:

    Interesting research data on what really makes people happy family situation, education, financial wealth, health conditions, etc Also offers some ideas on what governments could do to increase happiness in its citizens, but...

  6. says:

    I picked this one up again and finished it not my usual fiction Through studies and educated assumptions, it suggests how government might use public policy to make its citizens lead happier lives.

  7. says:

    This was not what I expected it to be, but that s probably my own fault for not looking closely at what it was trying to do I was looking forabout the research on happiness and less on the public policy aspects Oh well.

  8. says:

    Scientific studies of what promotes happiness tell us that we should pretty much pursue the liberal agenda Also teachcivics A lot .

  9. says:

    Bok takes a hard look at the newest research on happiness and how it might be used by policy makers, for better or worse I thought he did a great job of examining issues from multiple viewpoints.

  10. says:

    Fascinating topic but dreadfully boring book.

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