How can happiness be measured?
An attempt to officially measure how happy people are in the UK could be launched by the Government. Is it important to measure happiness and wellbeing?
While in Opposition, David Cameron called for "general wellbeing" to be assessed alongside traditional economic indicators as there was "more to life than money". Almost 30 MPs have signed a Commons motion calling for the move, arguing that promoting happiness and well-being is a legitimate and important goal of government.
Previous surveys have indicated that the UK's happiness has remained broadly static for at least 25 years.
Should factors other than economic indicators be used to measure the success of a nation? Is it the government's job to be promoting happiness and well-being? Is there more to life than money? Is this the best time to be assessing the happiness of the nation? What in life makes make you happy?
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