School Briefings: Happiness

This set of four Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefings look at happiness, what it is, how it can be measured and how it can be enhanced. They look at how happiness affects society and the economy as well as the individual. The briefings discuss research into these areas and can be used to spark discussion in the classroom about these issues.

The briefings are:
* Happiness: the greatest gift we possess?
* The economics of happiness
* The power of positive thinking
* Why volunteering is good for you (and questions to think about)

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Happiness: The Greatest Gift We Possess?

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing looks at whether we have a right to be happy, alongside the rights to life and liberty. The briefing discusses definitions of happiness and how religions and young people seek to attain it. The briefing then looks at how different governments across the...
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2000 - 2009

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The Economics of Happiness

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing looks at the effects happiness and wellbeing have on the economy. A study by Professor Andrew Oswald looked at the human impact of economic downturns and demonstrated that the true cost of a recession is much wider than just financial. This leads to...
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2000 - 2009

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The Power of Positive Thinking

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing discusses how people who think positively are more likely to have good forward-planning skills, have more friends and earn more. Research has found that positive future-thinking leads to wellbeing but is greatly affected by psychological factors and...
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2000 - 2009

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Why Volunteering is Good For You - and Questions to Think About

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing looks at the effects of volunteering on the community and also on the volunteer. Research has shown that people who volunteer enjoy a better quality of life and better health as well as improving conditions in their communities. The briefing includes a...
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2000 - 2009

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