What Do We Know About Happiness
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One of the goals of developmental policy is to create greater happiness for a greater number. Realization of that ambition requires understanding of happiness. The following questions must be answered: 1) What is happiness precisely? 2) Can happiness be measured? 3) How happy are people presently? 4) What causes us to be happy or unhappy? 5) Can happiness be raised lastingly? This paper takes stock of the available answers and links these to the Bhutanese ambition of promoting 'Gross 'National Happiness'.
Paper presented at the dialogue on 'Gross National Happiness', Woudschoten, Zeist, The Netherlands, January 14-15 2001