Happiness: The Only Legitimate Aim of Government

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The one democratic principle is that “the end of all government is the happiness of the People…the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the point to be obtained.” John Adams, 1781


Chief editors: John Helliwell, Richard Layard, Jeffrey D. Sachs, and Jan Emmanuel De Neve.



Top 49 countries pictured in an excerpt from the report’s Figure 2.1. Key below.
The results in the first column of Table 2.1 explain national average life evaluations in terms of six key variables: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and freedom from corruption. These six variables together explain 3/4 of the variation in scores between countries (05–19).

The keys to (collective) happiness

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Imagine: A More Equitable and Supportive Economy

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