The Happiness Manifesto
How Nations and People Can Nurture Well-Being
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Much of modern life is based upon the assumption that happiness and well-being come from economic prosperity. Many – politicians and media and citizens alike – seem to assume that the main goal of government is to ensure that the economy is forever moving forward. It is now overwhelmingly clear however, says Nic Marks in this essay, that the blind pursuit of economic growth has created a whole set of social and environmental issues that are rapidly undermining the potential happiness and well-being of current and future generations. He convincingly posits and argues that it's time to imagine a different future, one where the desired outcome of policies and governance is the quality of people's experience of life.
The founder of the Centre for Well-Being, an independent think tank at the new economics foundation (nep) in London, Marks has written here a powerful story about how, by measuring the wrong things, such as GDP, we have headed in the wrong direction, and offers strong suggestions on how nations and people can return to a shared common purpose: nurturing well-being. Though it does suggest a radical new approach to policymaking and a set of specific and positive actions, this is not a traditional political manifesto. Marks' argument is steeped in rigorous statistical methods to measure happiness, analyzing and interpreting the evidence so that it can be applied to such policy fields as education, sustainable development, healthcare, and economics.
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I think this is a very inspiring piece of literature. I would give it 5 stars if it weren't for one thing…when attempting to redownload the book after deleting it from my library (I wanted a quote from the book for a paper), I was given this response…"You’ve already purchased this but it isn’t available for redownload." I was then offered to repurchase the book for full price. I understand that $2.99 isn't a large investment, again, but it's a matter of principle. There was no warning that once I removed this book from my device that I wouldn't be able to get it back. I was also not allowed to sync it to my computer for some reason or another, presumably because they wanted to charge me for it a second time. To repeat, this book is worth a 5-star rating, but because Apple was yanking me around, wanting MORE money, I'm giving it one. This is a review that is more of a warning; purchase this book only if you are okay with losing it when you delete it or update your IOS. Peace.