Penguin (7 April 2011) Second Edition
Much has changed since Richard Layard’s ground-breaking first edition of Happiness in 2005. On the one hand, the interest in well-being has ballooned. Happiness is in the news constantly with both David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy aiming to make happiness the rival to GDP. On the other hand, there is a fierce intellectual debate over happiness, and there are many sceptics.
In this new edition of his landmark book, Richard Layard answers his critics and addresses the key questions: Why is happiness so important? Can happiness be measured? Is happiness the business of government? He shows that there is a paradox at the heart of our lives. Most people want more income. Yet as societies become richer, they do not become happier.
Lord Richard Layard is emeritus professor of economics at LSE and founder of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance.
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On 12 April 2011, alongside Geoff Mulgan and Anthony Seldon, Richard Layard, will be launching ‘Action for Happiness’, a new mass movement to create a happier society. For more information, visit www.actionforhappiness.org/.