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The Science of Well-Being$
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Felicia A. Huppert, Nick Baylis, and Barry Keverne

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567523

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567523.001.0001

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* A well-being manifesto for a flourishing society 1

* A well-being manifesto for a flourishing society 1

(p.502) (p.503) Chapter 20* A well-being manifesto for a flourishing society1
The Science of Well-Being

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Hetan Shah

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This chapter presents the key points of the well-being manifesto developed by the new economics foundation, a think tank in London, to provide a guide for ‘well-being politics’ that may help governments in addressing flat life-satisfaction levels among its populace. Findings on well-being research have identied the components of well being as people's satisfaction with their lives, their personal development, and their social well-being. Factors of genetics, life circumstances, and intentional activities have been found to have the greatest impact on well-being. The latter sections define the role of the government in promoting well-being and provide eight interrelated areas of action. These are: to measure what matters; to create a well-being economy; to reclaim time through work–life balance improvement; to create an education system promoting flourishing; to refocus health services on complete health; to invest in early years and parenting; to discourage materialism; and finally, to strengthen civil society and social well-being.

Keywords:   well-being, manifesto, economics, London, think tank, government, social well-being

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