There is now a rising worldwide demand that policy be closely aligned with what really matters to people as they themselves characterize their lives. More and more world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and British Prime Minister David Cameron, are talking about the importance of well-being as a guide for their nations and the world. We offer the 2013 World Happiness Report in support of these efforts to bring the study of happiness into public awareness and public policy. This report offers rich evidence that the systematic measurement and analysis of happiness can teach us much about ways to improve the world’s well-being and sustainable development.
- Education, health and command over resources (income and nutrition)
- Participation and freedom (particularly empowerment; democratic governance3; gender equality, civil and political rights, and cultural liberty.
- Human security (security in daily life against such chronic threats as hunger and abrupt disruptions including joblessness, famine, conflict, crime, etc.)
- Equity (in the distribution of all of the above)
- Sustainability (for future generations in ecological, economic, and social terms)