What Works Centre for Wellbeing - Cross-cutting strand

Lead Research Organisation: London School of Economics & Pol Sci
Department Name: Centre for Economic Performance

Abstract

Our aim is to enable policy-makers at all levels to target their decisions at improving the subjective wellbeing of their client group. The decision-makers we have in mind include those in central and local government, the NHS, schools, third sector organisations and private businesses. We shall do this partly through face-to-face interaction and partly through written analysis of evidence and new methods of policy evaluation.

Initial consultation

During the development phase, our first step will be a large, open event in October to which users are invited as well as members of other WWCW strands. We shall invite participants to say what they would hope for from us and we in turn will outline our proposed approach for comment. This 2-way flow will continue throughout the programme, on our website and face to face, with policy-makers raising important research issues and researchers responding.

Interaction with users

We propose five types of face-to-face interaction, all video recorded and made available online. The first is a series of one-day courses for users in different parts of Britain, covering all the main issues. The second is a weekly seminar in which (at alternate sessions) users are invited to present their problems and receive advice and support on their analyses. Third, we shall run four half-day workshops on the analysis and evaluation of longitudinal data and, fourth, three one-day courses on economic evaluation. Finally there will be a major 2-day conference co-organised with the OECD, at which we will present our manual on "wellbeing for policy-makers" - see below.

Synthesis of evidence and methods of evaluation

For policy-makers to aim at subjective wellbeing they need, first, an organised body of knowledge which tells them in a user-friendly way how different factors affect wellbeing. All effects have to be measured in a common currency which measures subjective wellbeing. At present such evidence using a common currency is scarce, but Britain is rich in cohort data which make it possible to look at the effect of all factors simultaneously using a common currency. We shall exploit these data, as well as synthesizing all the existing evidence.

Second policy-makers need a framework for analysing their own policy options, by using the above evidence plus the results of experiments, in order to identify their most cost-effective options. We shall therefore develop a new, alternative Green Book to that now used in the Treasury (where money is the measure of benefit) and we are discussing this with the Treasury. To illustrate the power of this approach we shall then apply it to new or ongoing experimental interventions in schools, home-visiting, adult personal development, the provision of NHS psychological therapy, and the prevention of loneliness in old age.

All this work will be put together in the manual on "wellbeing for policy-makers" which we shall present at the conference co-organised with the OECD, as our contribution to the work of the OECD Consortium of model-builders of wellbeing, for which we have been selected as the British component.

We believe passionately that a shift in the focus of decision-making is possible and that new evidence and frameworks of analysis exist which make this possible. The cross-cutting strand can provide invaluable leadership in this change, by providing an outstanding manual on evidence and decision analysis and by ongoing two-way interaction between researchers and decision-makers. This will surely lead to higher levels of wellbeing throughout our society.

More details are given in the Case for Support.

Planned Impact

1. The beneficiaries we aim to interact with are
public sector organisations (central, local and NHS)
schools
third sector organisations
businesses
general public
other academics, whom we can tempt to work on wellbeing, and
other strands of the WWCW.

2. To build links and contacts at the concept and development phase, we shall hold a 1-day open event at LSE, at which we shall invite views as to what users need, and propose our own plans for meeting their needs (for open discussion). This two-way knowledge-exchange dialogue will continue throughout the project via our programme blog and website.

3. We shall then attempt to interact with users mainly face to face (or via videos) through

- 5 one-day courses in different locations.
- A weekly seminar at LSE where users will be invited (at alternate sessions) to present their problems and analyses and have feedback - with the aim of co-producing new knowledge.
- Four half-day workshops on cohort analysis.
- Three one-day courses on economic evaluation.
- A major international conference in London co-hosted with the OECD.

4. We shall also produce a user-friendly manual on the state of knowledge, providing ready access for decision-makers. We shall also undertake evaluation of a range of wellbeing-relevant interventions, using the new methodology that we propose for cost-effectiveness analysis.

Further detail is contained in the Case for Support and in Pathways to Impact.
 
Description ORIGINS OF HAPPINESS: The latest evidence on what promotes wellbeing and reduces misery

Most human misery is due not to economic factors but to failed relationships and physical and mental illness. Eliminating depression and anxiety would reduce misery by 20% while eliminating poverty would reduce it by 5%. And on top of that, reducing mental illness would involve no net cost to the public purse.

Among the findings on the key determinants of people's life satisfaction:

• Income inequality explains only 1% of the variation in happiness in the community, while mental health differences explain over 4%. Education has a very small effect on life satisfaction, compared with, for example, having a partner.

• When people evaluate their income or education, they generally measure it against the locally prevailing norm. As a result overall increases in income or education have little effect on the overall happiness of the population: if my relative income rises, someone else's must fall, and the average is unchanged. This helps to explain why in Britain, Germany the United States, and Australia, average happiness has failed to rise since records began, despite massive increases in living standards.

• The strongest factor predicting a happy adult life is not children's qualifications but their emotional health. There is also powerful evidence that schools have a big impact on children's emotional health, and which school a child goes to will affect their emotional wellbeing as much as it affects their exam performance.
Exploitation Route Re-prioritisation of policies
Sectors Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice

 
Description Raising awareness of importance of public policy and in society as a whole
First Year Of Impact 2005
Sector Education,Healthcare
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description HM Treasury Wellbeing Teach In - implementing a Wellbeing Cost Benefit Analysis into the HMT Green Book
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-green-book-appraisal-and-evaluation-in-central-govern...
 
Description BEIS Time to Change Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Richard Layard presented on Wellbeing &Public Policy at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's "Time to Change Event" on 10 October. The event was attended by 50 civil servants and was held to mark World Mental Health Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CEP Wellbeing Programme on the Enjoyment of Life Seminar Series 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Thursday 03 December 2015 13:00 - 14:15
Understanding wellbeing at work with a behavioural and adaptive approach to job design
Kevin Daniels (UEA)

Thursday 26 November 2015 13:00 - 14:15
Teacher Quality, Test Scores and Non-Cognitive Skills: Evidence from Primary School Teachers in UK
Sarah Fleche (CEP)

Thursday 05 November 2015 13:00 - 14:15
Boss competence and worker wellbeing
Amanda Goodall (Cass Business School)

Thursday 08 October 2015 13:00 - 14:15
Top incomes and human wellbeing around the world
Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee (CEP)

Thursday 02 July 2015 13:00 - 14:15
The Impact of Childhood Economic Circumstances on Psychological Resilience: Evidence from Latent Class Modelling of Panel Data
David Johnston (Monash)

Thursday 25 June 2015 13:00 - 14:15
What can genetics tell us about the environmental causes of wellbeing?
Claire Haworth (Bristol)

Thursday 18 June 2015 13:00 - 14:15
Same Exposure but Different Response: The Importance of Considering Individual Differences in Environmental Sensitivity
Michael Pluess (QMUL)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/events/seminar_past.asp?ID=68
 
Description CEP Wellbeing Programme on the Enjoyment of Life Seminar Series 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Thursday 28 January 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Home Sweet Home: (Mis-)Beliefs About the Extent to Which Home Ownership Makes People Happy
Alois Stutzer (University of Basel)

Thursday 11 February 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Employee satisfaction, labor market flexibility, and stock returns around the world
Alex Edmans (London Business School)

Thursday 18 February 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Would You Choose to be Happy? Tradeoffs between Happiness and the Other Dimensions of Life in a Large Population Survey
George Kavetsos (QMUL and CEP)

Thursday 3 March 2016 13:00 - 14.15
The role of mental health, physical health and social activity in determining life-satisfaction in later life
Andrew Steptoe (Psycho-biology Group, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL)

Thursday 10 March 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Determinants of wellbeing at older ages - from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development
Mai Stafford (UCL)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/events/seminar.asp?ID=68
 
Description Conference: Mental Health and Contested Boundaries, Cumberland Lodge (February 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Monday, 1 February 2016 - 9:30am to Tuesday, 2 February 2016 - 4:30pm
The role of well-being in public mental health is a subject that is being discussed widely in academic, policy and clinical circles, but there is concern that these discussions have become more of a mantra within policy making rather than an evidence-based reality.

The overall objective of the conference will be to provide a safe forum for researchers, practitioners, service users, NHS representatives, charities, students and funders to exchange views and talk constructively about the contested boundaries of well-being in public mental health and discuss options for improving the situation going forward.

The key questions that will be addressed during the panel sessions are:

• What is the relationship between 'mental health' and 'well-being'?

• What is "wellbeing"?

• What evidence is there on promoting resilience in mental health?

• What is our approach to the use of evidence in mental health policy?

• What is the role of psychiatry in public mental health?

• How are mental health variations of importance measured and experienced?

• Taking things forward and working together - the future of public mental health

Speakers

Professor Tim Croudace, Chair in Applied Health Research, University of Dundee

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England

Professor Richard Layard, LSE

Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, Vice President, ADPH

Paul Farmer, CEO, MIND

Dr Simon Howard, Public Health Speciality Registrar

Professor Willem Kuyken, Clinical Psychology and Director, Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford

Sally McManus, Co-Head of Health Policy Research, NatCen

Dr Kai Ruggeri, Director of the Policy Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

Heema Shukla, Public Health Consultant

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England

Professor Graham Thornicroft, Professor of Community Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, KCL

Dr Karen Turner, Director of Mental Health, NHS England
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/whats-on/mental-health-and-well-being-contested-boundaries
 
Description HM Treasury Wellbeing Teach In series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Lord Richard Layard, Professor Andrew Oswald and Professor Paul Frijters, Sara MacLennan (Head of evidence and analysis, What Works Centre for Wellbeing) have given two "teach in" sessions (December 2017 and February 2018) to members of the treasury's economics teams - cover the overarching wellbeing framework, existing evidence, challenges with the current evidence and what is needed to improve it, practical examples of how wellbeing could be incorporated in the Green Book. These sessions were attended by several members of the Government Economic Service (GES) and several HMT department heads in the Fiscal Policy sections. The WWCW guide on the use of wellbeing evidence in cost-effectiveness analysis is now directly linked to in the Green Book (p.42)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/685903/The_Green_Book.pdf
 
Description Half-day Workshop on Wellbeing over the Lifecourse (LSE, February 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop on Wellbeing over the Life-Course
Organised by the OECD, the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and CEPREMAP Well-Being Observatory
1.00-5.30pm, 25 February 2016

Introduction
Richard Layard (CEP)
The determinants of childhood wellbeing
Nick Powdthavee (CEP)
The determinants of adult wellbeing
Andrew Clark (CEP/PSE)

5.30pm Ends

* * *
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited speaker: UK Government Social Impact Task Force (Multiple meetings) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UK Government Social Impact Task Force (Multiple meetings), Cabinet Office
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description LSE CEP Wellbeing Seminar Series 2016-2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Thursday 09 March 2017 13:00 - 14:15
Human Well-being and In-Work Benefits: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Andrew Oswald (IZA and University of Warwick)

Thursday 02 March 2017 13:00 - 14:15
Trust and Wellbeing
John Helliwell (UBC & NBER )

Thursday 23 February 2017 13:00 - 14:15
Medical Marijuana Laws and Mental Health in the US
Alois Stutzer (University of Basel)


Thursday 16 February 2017 13:00 - 14:15
The Narrative Trap
Paul Dolan (LSE)

Thursday 09 February 2017 13:00 - 14:15
Diversity and Neighbourhood Satisfaction
Alan Manning (CEP)


Thursday 01 December 2016 13:00 - 14:15
The effect of green spaces on wellbeing
Christian Krekel (CEP)


Thursday 13 October 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Converting the life satisfaction question into QALYs. Do people trade life satisfaction for additional years of life?
Tessa Peasgood (University of Sheffield)


Thursday 22 September 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Faster, Higher, Stronger... and Happier? The 'Photo-Finish' Effect and Other Determinants of Athlete Emotions
Laura Kudrna (LSE)


Thursday 08 September 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Determinants of resilience in adult mental health
Paul Frijters (University of Queensland)


Thursday 09 June 2016 13:00 - 14:15
How childhood affects crime
Steve Machin (CEP, London School of Economics and University College London)


Thursday 26 May 2016 13:00 - 14:15

Costs and benefits of early intervention
Leon Feinstein (Early Intervention Foundation) , joint with Kirsten Asmussen and Haroon Chowdry (EIF)


Thursday 19 May 2016 13:00 - 14:15
A computational and neural model of momentary happiness
Robb Rutledge (UCL)


Thursday 12 May 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Work-time duration and subjective wellbeing. Evidence from a French reform, and Unemployment benefits and job satisfaction: Evidence from Germany
Anthony Lepinteur (PSE, CEP) , joint with Alexandre Georgieff (PSE, CEP)


Thursday 05 May 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Wellbeing in policy: approaches and challenges
Ewen McKinnon (Cabinet Office)

Thursday 28 April 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Do people seek to maximize their subjective wellbeing - and fail?
Hannes Schwandt (Zurich)

Thursday 10 March 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Determinants of wellbeing at older ages - from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development
Mai Stafford (UCL)


Thursday 03 March 2016 13:00 - 14:15
The role of mental health, physical health and social activity in determining life-satisfaction in later life
Andrew Steptoe (Psycho-biology Group, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL)


Thursday 18 February 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Would You Choose to be Happy? Tradeoffs between Happiness and the Other Dimensions of Life in a Large Population Survey
George Kavetsos (QMUL and CEP)


Thursday 11 February 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Employee satisfaction, labor market flexibility, and stock returns around the world
Alex Edmans (London Business School)

Thursday 28 January 2016 13:00 - 14:15
Home Sweet Home: (Mis-)Beliefs About the Extent to Which Home Ownership Makes People Happy
Alois Stutzer (University of Basel)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/events/seminar_past.asp?ID=68
 
Description LSE OECD International Conference (LSE, December 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Subjective well-being over the life course: Evidence and policy implications. Organised by OECD, CEPREMAP, What Works Centre for Wellbeing , and CEP
(Monday 12 - Tuesday13 December 2016)

The conference on 12-13 December 2016 presented the latest findings of research on the determinants of subjective well-being over the life course and included leading international policy-makers and policy-analysts reflecting on the evidence and how to use it in the real world. The meeting included international speakers from the OECD, USA, France, Germany, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, with high-level panellists from the UK government and German Chancellery. And keynote addresses by Lord Gus O'Donnell, Prof Jeffrey Sachs, Mari Kiviniemi, OECD Deputy Secretary General and Prof Alan Krueger.

Over 250 participants took part and the conference received wide public attention. Our findings featured on the BBC Today programme, and Sky News, 12 local and regional radio stations, as well as in the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, and the Guardian. Most significant of all it was for eight hours one of the four headline items on the BBC News website. It was also picked up by media outlets worldwide. This media campaign was supported by a readable blog piece on VoxEu.

The Conference proceedings and videos are now available online http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/events/event.asp?id=275
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/events/event.asp?id=275
 
Description LSE Public Event - The Origins of Happiness: RIchard Layard in conversation with Andrew Marr 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact To mark the publication of The Origins of Happiness Andrew Marr and Richard Layard discuss some of its key focal points: What makes people happy? Why should governments care about people's wellbeing? How would policy change if wellbeing was the main objective? LSE Public event. 350 members of the public attended
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/events/event.asp?id=458
 
Description Meeting with Department of Health, Health Improvement Analytical team (June 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dept of Health, Health Improvement Analytical team
Mike Batley
Penny Withers
Robert Unsworth
What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Nancy Hey, Director
Dawn Snape, Head of analysis and evidence
Richard Layard and Jan De Neve from the Cross Cutting Evidence programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with Scottish Government Statistician (February 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Issues discussed:
National Performance Framework - views on
- experience of engaging people and getting concepts across to the public
- the merits of performance dashboards vrs aggregating to few composite measures, or having few headline measures.
- raising its profile internationally.

Academic links and developments. What is going on measuring wellbeing.

Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician & Head of Performance, Scottish Government
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting with Stakeholders (Cost-effectiveness Analysis) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Gus O'Donnell, Richard Layard, Martin Knapp and Joseph Lowe (HM Treasury) on 13 January 2016, together with What Works Centre for Wellbeing Strand Representatives to discuss methods of analysing the cost-effectiveness of wellbeing interventions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description One Day Course on Wellbeing and Cost Effectiveness in Policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Richard Layard, Paul Frijters, Andrew Clark and the What Works Centre for Wellbeing ran a one day course on wellbeing and cost effectiveness in policy. Aim of the course was to enable analysts to evaluate policy options in terms of their impact on the wellbeing of the population (relative to cost). It was open to analysts in central and local government, the NHS and NGOs. 170 delegates across the civil service and NGOs attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/policy-tools-wellbeing-impacts-value-for-money-one-day-course-tickets-3...
 
Description One day workshop - Wellbeing Cost Effectiveness Analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Created primarily for analysts, this free one-day workshop draws on expertise from the London School of Economics and the What Works Centre for Wellbeing to help analysts:
outline the principles of economic evaluation with wellbeing as a key measure of success; describe how those principles can be turned into practical evaluations; provide illustrations across a range of public policy areas. This event was held on 29 January and was run by Martin Knapp.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wellbeing-cost-effectiveness-analysis-free-one-day-workshop-tickets-413...
 
Description One-day Workshop on Wellbeing over the Lifecourse (LSE, July 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Organised by the OECD, the LSE Centre for Economic Performance and CEPREMAP Well-Being Observatory, with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Group in the Centre for Economic Performance is writing a comprehensive analysis of wellbeing over the life-course. The aim is to do this in a way that can really help policy-makers, together with a new form of CBA. We will present a very first draft of the book in a one-day conference on Friday 29 July 2016, followed by a reception.

Professors Andrew Clark, Nick Powdthavee and Andrew Steptoe will present further findings for our report "Paths to Wellbeing", aimed at building an overall model of wellbeing over the life-course. There will also be a session on a wellbeing approach to public policy with Lord Gus O'Donnell, and Professors Richard Layard and Tim Besley.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cep.lse.ac.uk/conference_papers/29_07_2016/2016_07_29_OECD.pdf
 
Description Online article: Linking work and health: the What Works Centre for Wellbeing (Personnel Today, 23 December 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact "Cross-cutting capabilities: This project is being led by Professor Lord Richard Layard of the London School of Economics and will assess and develop methods of understanding how policy and practice can affect wellbeing. It will look at the effect of different factors on wellbeing, analyse the impact of wellbeing on other outcomes and develop a framework for cost effectiveness analysis with wellbeing as the measure of benefit. It will also carry out a "life course" analysis, looking at how important early life is to wellbeing in later years. "
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.personneltoday.com/hr/linking-work-health-works-centre-wellbeing/
 
Description Origins of Happiness, Centrepiece article, Spring 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Understanding the key determinants of people's life satisfaction makes it possible to suggest policies for how best to reduce misery and promote wellbeing. A forthcoming book
by Richard Layard and colleagues discusses evidence on the origins of happiness in survey data from Australia, Germany, the UK and the United States.

Centrepiece article, Spring 2017 (The magazine of Center for Economic Performance)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/cp497.pdf
 
Description Participation in 3rd International German Forum, hosted by Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellery, 21-22 February 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Entitled "What matters to people - global health and innovation"
Chancellor Angela Merkel and international experts have discussed ways of improving global health. This is a matter of major importance, she said, and thus one of the priorities of Germany's G20 Presidency.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.bundesregierung.de/Webs/Breg/DE/Mediathek/Einstieg/mediathek_einstieg_livestream_node.ht...
 
Description Participation in workshop to inform the research agenda on improving cross-sector comparisons using QALYs and other measures (MRC, July 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Introduction
From its inception in 1999 NICE's decision making has used the health-related quality of life adjusted life year (QALY) which captures both the length and aspects of quality of life (QOL) that are related to health. Historically the EQ5D questionnaire has been NICE's preferred method to calculate the QALY because it was the only one to have a UK value set (tariff) enabling it to be used in cost-utility analysis.
Whilst there are inherent limitations in all available measures, the role of the QALY and the EQ5D in national access decisions has focussed scrutiny. The challenges have included a lack of sensitivity and that not all the outcomes that are important are captured, particularly for public health and social care interventions. An intervention may be financed by one sector and have additional benefits in others which are not captured and there is no consistency in decision-making. Therefore methodological development is required.
To inform the future research agenda addressing cross-sector decision making, a meeting was held at the MRC on 14th July 2015 attended by representatives of various academic institutions, patient organisations, NICE, the Department of Health, NIHR, health charities, What Works in Wellbeing, the Cabinet office and the Medical Research Council. There were presentations on the MRC research grant process, NICE's approach to science policy development and current difficulties faced by NICE. An overview of the current methods available for cross sector benefit measurement commissioned by the MRC was presented and a summary given from the social care perspective. The presentations were followed by discussion.
During the meeting, there were a number of emerging themes that can be categorised into three overlapping topics:
1. Foundational questions of valuation and decision-making - the underlying value judgements that need to be made to construct and utilise a benefit measure suitable for decision- making.
2. Methods of benefit measurement - the type of benefits NICE should prioritise over others given its remit and the broad methodological approaches available to measure these benefits.
3. The appropriate decision rule / reference case - how the benefit measure(s) should be applied in decision-making.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at the World Government Summit, Dubai, 11-12 February 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We have been invited to shape a World Happiness Council, sponsored by the United Arab Emirates government, in conjunction with the OECD. The aim will be to provide evidence and policy advice to governments regarding the best practices to promote happiness and wellbeing. It will bring several governments together to look at best practice through thematic working groups, backed by an expert advisory council on which the WHR co-editors (Jeff Sachs, John Helliwell and Richard Layard). Themes will include: Policy-evaluation; Health; Cities; Work; Education and Personal happiness.
The work of the Global Council will be complementary to the international rankings and scientific studies provided by the World Happiness Report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://worldgovernmentsummit.org/
 
Description Press Coverage of LSE OECD Conference on Wellbeing over the Life Course 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Monday 12 December
Guardian
Happiness depends on health and friends, not money, says new study
Landmark research says tackling mental health issues more effective than reducing poverty for increasing happiness rates. Extra spending on reducing mental illness would be self-financing, the researchers added, because it would be recovered by the government through higher employment and increased tax receipts together with a reduction in NHS costs from fewer GP visits and hospital A&E admissions.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/12/happiness-depends-on-health-and-friends-not-money-says-new-study

The Telegraph
Finding love makes you happier than a pay rise, study finds
Finding love and enjoying good mental health are by far the most important keys to a happy life, a study by the London School of Economics has found. Both factors were found to be more significant contributors to an individual's overall contentment than economic factors, including doubling one's salary, according to analysis by the LSE.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/12/finding-love-makes-happier-pay-rise-study-finds/

The Independent
Unhappiness more likely to result from poor mental health or being single than economic factors, major new study finds
LSE academics want to 'revolutionise how we think about human priorities' and promote use of 'subjective wellbeing' as a measure of successful governance, instead of economy.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/happiness-study-lse-mental-health-relationships-money-does-not-dictate-subjective-wellbeing-a7468676.html

BBC online - Newsday - BBC World Service
Can treating health rather than wealth lead to more happiness?
Governments are being told they must measure the happiness of their people. And Dr Richard Layard, who co-edits the World Happiness Report, says the evidence is now there to enable that to be done. He says tackling physical and mental health are key ways to improve happiness and are more effective than focussing on issues like poverty. Dr Layard works at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04l38xr

BBC News
Mental health and relationships 'key to happiness'
Good mental health and having a partner make people happier than doubling their income, a new study has found.
The research by the London School of Economics looked at responses from 200,000 people on how different factors impacted their wellbeing. Suffering from depression or anxiety hit individuals hardest, whilst being in a relationship saw the biggest increase in their happiness.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38285223

FT.com
Happy-go-lucky economics
...than a flawed but narrow one, such as income". A conference at the London School of Economics this week focuses on new...
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/065b681c-c11b-11e6-9bca-2b93a6856354.html?FTCamp=engage/CAPI/webapp/Channel_Cision//B2B


The Scotsman
A partner has more impact on happiness than getting a pay rise
Report co-author Richard Layard said: "The evidence shows that the things that matter most for our happiness and for our misery are our social relationships and our mental and physical health. This demands a new role for the state - not 'wealth creation' but 'wellbeing creation'.
http://www.scotsman.com/news/a-partner-has-more-impact-on-happiness-than-getting-a-pay-rise-1-4314989

LSE Business Review blog
The big factors affecting life satisfaction are all non-economic
What distinguishes 'Les Misérables' from the rest is neither poverty nor unemployment, but mental illness, write Andrew Clark, Sarah Fleche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee and George Ward.
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2016/12/12/the-big-factors-affecting-life-satisfaction-are-all-non-economic/

The Sun
Can't buy me love. Being in a loving relationship makes us happier than getting a pay rise, study shows
The London School of Economics examined studies of 200,000 people worldwide to determine how different factors had an impact on wellbeing. It found people care most about income relative to other people. Unemployment, depression and anxiety ¬disorders all reduced happiness by about 0.7.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/2377840/being-in-a-loving-relationship-makes-us-happier-than-getting-a-pay-rise-study-shows/

TV and Radio
India TV
Money can't buy happiness only love can: study
According to a recent research led by London School of Economics, not financial factors but meaningful relationship and robust mental health are the reasons behind a happy and content individual. It further added that the happiness of finding love and good mental health is much more than of doubling one's salary.
http://www.indiatvnews.com/lifestyle/news-money-cant-buy-happiness-only-love-can-study-360601

NDTV (India)
Love beats money when it comes to happiness: study
Things that matter most for our happiness are social relationships and mental and physical health than economic factors, according to a study by the London School of Economics.
http://www.ndtv.com/health/love-beats-money-when-it-comes-to-happiness-study-1637142

WCCO-TV-online
Should society pay closer attention to happiness, mental health?
In a new study, researchers at the London School of Economics say that much of the misery in the world is tied to human relationships and mental health issues, not money problems (2:44). WCCO Mid-Morning.
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/3591638-should-society-pay-closer-attention-to-happiness-mental-health/

BBC Radio London
LSE study on wellbeing
Discussion re a study from the London School of Economics which shows most human misery is due to physical and mental illness and failed relationships, not poverty
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LBC Radio
James O'Brien - James sums up why Britain is miserable in three simple points
James O'Brien was at his passionate best as he summed up why Britain is 'miserable' in three simple points. London School of Economics has released research claiming good mental health and relationships are the 'key to happiness'.
http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/james-obrien/james-why-britain-is-miserable-in-three-points/

Sverige Radio (Sweden)
Mental health provides more happiness than money
Rich countries should invest much more on mental health than today, it is much more important than combating poverty to increase citizens ' happiness. It shows a comprehensive study presented at a scientific conference in London today.
http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=6585784

Swedish Television online
Psykvard go ross lyckligare an pengar/Mental health makes us happier than money
Mental disorders account for four times more perceived unhappiness than poverty does in all study the OECD countries, but nevertheless are evidence-based mental health extremely underfunded throughout the Western world, "said research team leader professor Richard Layard.
http://www.svt.se/nyheter/vetenskap/psykvard-gor-oss-lyckligare-an-pengar

Online
iTech Post
Money can't buy happiness, new study shows
According to the research team, the study "revolutionises how we think about human priorities" and promote using the "burgeoning new science of 'subjective wellbeing'" as a measure of successful governance, instead of the economy. The team also noted the mental illness was an enormous factor in unhappiness and that this issue should be addressed by policymakers. The role of the state in the well-being of its people has recently been shifted, the study notes. Although steps have been taken to address poverty, unemployment, education, and physical health, governments should not forget that domestic violence, alcoholism, depression and anxiety are equally important factors in the overall well-being of citizens.
http://www.itechpost.com/articles/64492/20161212/money-cant-buy-happiness-new-study-shows.htm

sipse.com (Mexico)
Vencer depresión y ansiedad ayudaría a acabar con la pobreza: economistas
http://sipse.com/ciencia-y-salud/felicidad-buenas-relaciones-estudio-economia-londres-ciencia-234381.html

Postimees Tervis (Estonia)
Two of the factors that make a person happy
http://tervis.postimees.ee/3943617/kaks-tegurit-mis-teevad-inimese-onnelikuks

Le Matin (France)
A study on happiness says it is a matter of friendship more than money
Most of the suffering can be attributed to poor social relations and to the a les maladies disease rather than to lack of money, considers research expanded from the London School of Economics.
http://www.lematin.ch/societe/vivre/standard/bonheur-affaire-amitie-dargent/story/26692488

[Daily] Mail online
Money really doesn't make you happy: New study reveals tackling mental health problems would 'reduce misery' more than solving poverty
Money really can't buy happiness, according to an extensive research project into Britain's well-being. The cheapest way and most effective way to make Britain feel happier and to reduce misery levels is by improving mental health treatment. A study by Lord Richard Layard and others at the London School of Economics found that treating depression and anxiety would reduce misery in the UK by 20 per cent.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4023428/Money-really-doesn-t-make-happy-New-study-reveals-tackling-mental-health-problems-reduce-misery-solving-poverty.html

Shropshire Star
Partners are the key to happiness
Having a partner has a greater impact on a person's happiness than getting a pay rise, an international study has discovered.
http://www.shropshirestar.com/shropshire-business/money/uk-money/2016/12/12/partners-are-the-key-to-happiness/

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Guernsey Press
Partners are the key to happiness
http://guernseypress.com/business/uk-money/2016/12/12/partners-are-the-key-to-happiness/

Public Finance International
Governments urged to focus spending on wellbeing and mental health
Governments should focus spending on mental health and wellbeing, researchers have argued, after a study found these are more closely linked to happiness than financial problems or poverty. The landmark study, led by Lord Richard Layard, wellbeing programme director at the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance, found that eliminating depression and anxiety could have four times more impact on happiness than eliminating poverty would.
http://www.publicfinanceinternational.org/news/2016/12/governments-urged-focus-spending-wellbeing-and-mental-health

Mashable UK
This is the key to happiness and it's not what you think
A study by the London School of Economics, which looked at responses from 200,000 people, found that suffering from depression or anxiety were the main causes for human misery.
http://mashable.com/2016/12/12/happiness-mental-health-money-relationship/#dft11LVLuuqw

Newsweek
Study reveals the key to happiness - and it's not money
Love is officially more important to people than money, as a study reveals being in relationship makes people happier than doubling their income. The research, published by the London School of Economics, looked at responses from 200,000 British people and identified that poor mental health posed the greatest threat to a person's contentment. The biggest dip in life satisfaction among respondents was down to depression and anxiety; unemployment resulted in a similar dip, according to the BBC.
http://europe.newsweek.com/key-happiness-not-money-report-530738

The Indian Express
Happiness depends on mental health, not money: study
The report supports the arguments put forward by [Richard] Layard over several decades that social and psychological factors are more important to the wellbeing of individuals than income levels.
http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/happiness-depends-on-mental-health-not-money-study-4423929/


BBC - Türkçe
The secret of happiness: mental health and relationships
London School of Economics in the UK's new research, says happiness affected by the people's mental health and the presence of a partner.
http://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-38288108

tg24Sky.IT (Italy)
L'amore rende più felici dei soldi. Almeno secondo uno studio inglese/ Love makes you happier than money. At least according to an English study
For the London School of Economics sentimental factors are more important than economic ones for the mental well-being of individuals.
http://tg24.sky.it/tg24/salute-e-benessere/2016/12/12/amore-soldi-felicita.html

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Libero Gossip
L'amore rende piu felici del denaro/Love makes you happier than money. At least according to an English study
The causes of happiness- The "Origins of happiness" study was conducted by a team from the London School of Economics and will be presented in a Conference at the University of London on 12 and 13 December.
http://gossip.libero.it/focus/37450888/l-amore-rende-pi%C3%83%C2%B9-felici-del-denaro/amore-denaro/?type=

ABC online (Spain)
Tener pareja nos hace más felices que una subida salarial/We are more happy when in a couple than when we have a rise in wages
Lord Richard Layard, an economist that in its day was part of the advisory team for the Governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and a co-author of the study, believes that the State should change its approach at this time to help citizens. The results of the study show that things that matter more for our happiness and combatting discomfort are personal relationships and health: mental and physical. The State should not be so bent on the creation of wealth and should worry more about the real welfare of people. In the past the State attacked poverty, unemployment, education and health. http://www.abc.es/sociedad/abci-tener-pareja-hace-mas-felices-subida-salarial-201612121348_noticia.html

City A.M.
The secret to happiness? Scientists have a new theory (and it's not money)
Can money buy you happiness? It's a perennial question asked by exhausted shoppers and scientists, but new research has identified two other factors with greater influence on your life satisfaction than mere money. It's mental health and having a partner which determine your happiness more than income, or even education, London School of Economics researchers have discovered.
http://www.cityam.com/255447/secret-happiness-scientists-have-new-theory-and-its-not

Harper's Bazaar
Happiness depends on love rather than money, new study finds
Whoever said money can buy happiness has just been proved wrong. Finding love has a greater impact on contentment than getting a pay rise, according to a new study. Major research by the London School of Economics examined a number of factors that contribute to a person's happiness, the BBC reports.
http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/culture/culture-news/news/a38909/happiness-depends-on-love-not-money-lse-study/

Good Housekeeping
Study has unveiled the 'key to happiness'
Report co-author Prof Richard Layard told the BBC that the findings meant that the state needed to play a new role in its citizens' happiness - focusing on 'wellbeing creation' rather than 'wealth creation'.
http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/news/study-has-unveiled-the-key-to-happiness

Yahoo! India
Finding love, not money, key to a happy life
A new research by London School of Economics reinforces the belief that money cannot buy you happiness -- at least as much as finding love and enjoying a good mental health can. These two factors -- being in a meaningful relationship and robust mental health -- were found to be more significant contributors to an individual's overall contentment than economic factors, including doubling one's salary, Telegraph.co.uk reported. "The evidence shows that the things that matter most for our happiness and for our misery are our social relationships and our mental and physical health," study co-author Richard Layard was quoted as saying.
https://in.news.yahoo.com/finding-love-not-money-key-happy-life-110405596.html

Cosmopolitan UK
A new study has found that happiness depends on love NOT money
Whoever said money can buy happiness has just been proved wrong. Finding love has a greater impact on contentment than getting a pay rise, according to a new study. Major research by the London School of Economics examined a number of factors that contribute to a person's happiness, the BBC reports.
http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/love-sex/news/a47983/happiness-depends-on-love-not-money-lse-study/

Huffington Post
Loving relationships and good mental health make us happier than money, research finds
The saying "money can't buy you happiness" may really be true. Having a loving relationship and good mental health have a larger impact on our happiness than money, new research suggests. According to researchers at the London School of Economics, eliminating mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety from the population would reduce unhappiness by 20%.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/love-and-good-mental-health-more-important-than-money-for-happiness-study_uk_584e6bcfe4b0b7ff851d34cf?ir=UK&utm_hp_ref=uk

RT Russia Today online
Can't buy happiness? Mental health is strongest predictor of contentment, study says
The phrase "money can't buy happiness" may actually be true, according to a new study. The research found that mental illness and failed relationships are more damaging to a person's contentment than poverty. The 'Origins of Happiness' study, conducted by a team of researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE), analyzed data from the US, UK, Germany, and Australia. It found that although average incomes have more than doubled over the past 50 years, people have not become any happier. Additionally, income inequality was found to explain just 1 percent of happiness variations.
https://www.rt.com/news/370039-happiness-study-mental-health/

Business Standard
Love beats money when it comes to happiness: LSE study
Things that matter most for our happiness are social relationships and mental and physical health than economic factors, according to a study by the London School of Economics. The research by the LSE looked at responses from 200,000 people around the world on how different factors impacted their state of mind.
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/love-beats-money-when-it-comes-to-happiness-lse-study-116121200867_1.html

Metro nieuws (the Netherlands)
Geld maakt dus echt niet gelukkig
It always seems to solve all your problems as long as you have enough of: money. But that is not at all the case, according to a study by London School of Economics. Physically and mentally healthy and have a good relationship, causes you to be happy.
http://www.metronieuws.nl/nieuws/extra/2016/12/geld-maakt-dus-echt-niet-gelukkig

Stern (Germany)
Geld macht night glücklich/Money does not make us happy
What makes us happy? This question are British researchers investigated - and come to a clear conclusion.
http://www.stern.de/gesundheit/studie--geld-macht-nicht-gluecklich-7236498.html

DirectMatin (France)
Happiness relates to health and friends, not to money, according to a study
Lord Richard Layard, the State must thus be concerned not to create wealth but to the well-being. "In the past, the State focused successively to poverty, unemployment, education, and physical health. But domestic violence, alcoholism, depression and anxiety, youth alienated... should now be at the center of the concerns."
http://www.directmatin.fr/sante/2016-12-12/le-bonheur-est-lie-la-sante-et-aux-amis-pas-largent-selon-une-etude-744528



Tuesday 13 December
Guardian
Mental illness and poverty: you can't tackle one without the other
A recent report by Lord Richard Layard suggests that "Happiness depends on health and friends, not money". The conclusions presented argue that the UK government should focus more on providing better healthcare and resources for dealing with mental health issues in a variety of societal contexts, rather than trying to combat poverty and make people wealthier.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2016/dec/13/mental-illness-and-poverty-you-cant-tackle-one-without-the-other

Guardian
Psychology - Letters
Looking for happiness in life and at work
Richard Layard is promoting the idea that better provision of mental health services is more important than reducing social inequalities in promoting human happiness (Happiness depends on health and friends, not money, says new study, theguardian.com, 12 December). This is a false dichotomy. Evidence suggests that austerity damages our collective health. Deepening economic and social divides, bullying, abuse, misogyny, racism, dehumanisation and consequent insecurity, trauma, social exclusion, neglect and despair underpin the current tsunami of desolation in the UK and beyond, especially in our children. These are largely economic and political matters, requiring cultural, social and political solutions.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/13/looking-for-happiness-in-life-and-at-work


BBC News
Voters' well-being 'key to election success'
Politicians need to pay more attention to voters' sense of well-being if they want to win elections, says the former head of the British civil service.
Lord O'Donnell pointed out that areas which voted for Brexit were those with the biggest inequalities in well-being. He added if ministers did not take account of constituents' satisfaction levels, people would just "vote against what they feel is the status quo". He was speaking at a conference in London on improving well-being.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38292758

Parent Herald
Parenthood, happiness: A parent's joy from having children isn't long-lasting, UK study says
Children are considered blessings and having a baby can bring immense joy for the family. But a new study is debunking this age-old belief. Its researchers say that having a child doesn't guarantee long-lasting happiness. Experts from the London School of Economics presented their findings on the Origins of Happiness during a recent conference. Professors Andrew Clark, Richard Layard and their team worked on the idea that links happiness with having children and gathered data from respondents residing in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Australia.
http://www.parentherald.com/articles/93867/20161213/parenthood-happiness-parents-joy-having-children-isnt-long-lasting-uk.htm

7sur7.be (Belgium)
Le bonheur dépend de l'amour, et non de l'argent/ Happiness depends on love, and not money
Money can't buy happiness, and it has never been truer. According to a study conducted by the London School of Economics and broadcast by BBC, it is indeed the love that has the greatest impact on our mood.
http://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/1518/Sante/article/detail/3029152/2016/12/13/Le-bonheur-depend-de-l-amour-et-non-de-l-argent.dhtml

el Imparcial (Mexico)
Ciencia y Tecnología ¿Qué te hace más feliz, tener pareja o un aumento salarial?
http://imparcialoaxaca.mx/ciencia-y-tecnologia/f2D/qu%C3%A9-te-hace-m%C3%A1s-feliz-tener-pareja-o-un-aumento-salarial



Buzzarena
Trouver l'amour serait la clé du bonheur, pas l'argent/Find love as your key to happiness, not money
The money is not happiness, it is often said. Those who espouse the essence of this popular adage should feel comforted by a study from the London School of Economics and Political Science, which suggests that it is love that makes happiness, not money or career success.
http://www.buzzarena.com/trouver-lamour-serait-cle-bonheur-largent-233456

Global News (Canada)
Money will not bring you happiness, but these two things will
Money can't bring you happiness - but love can, says a new study from the London School of Economics. According to researchers, it's the relationships people cultivate and good mental health that will bring true bliss in one's life, not economic status.
http://globalnews.ca/news/3124741/money-will-not-bring-you-happiness-but-these-two-things-will/

Times of India
Love bigger cause of unhappiness than cash
Eliminating depression and anxiety would reduce misery by 20%, whereas eliminating poverty would only cut it down by 5%, social scientists at the London School of Economics have said, after conducting extensive research into the most effective ways to promote wellbeing and reduce misery. Treating mental illness would involve no net cost to the public purse, the team added, because the economic benefits would exceed the initial costs. The group, led by economist Richard Layard, said they want to "revolutionise how we think about human priorities" and promote using the "burgeoning new science of `subjective wellbeing'" as a measure of successful governance, instead of the economy.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Love-bigger-cause-of-unhappiness-than-cash/articleshow/55954052.cms

Hindustan Times online
Want to live a happy life? Try to find love, not earn more money
Money can make you happy but not as much as being in love or having a robust mental health can, claims a new research by London School of Economics. These two factors - being in a meaningful relationship and good mental health - were found to be more significant contributors to an individual's overall contentment than economic factors, including doubling one's salary, Telegraph.co.uk reported.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/health-and-fitness/want-to-live-a-happy-life-try-to-find-love-not-earn-more-money/story-rK60ppDGYzsIOH4l6hwg0N.html

The Daily Express
Vanessa Feltz: A child-unfriendly hotel spoilt our fun
Money doesn't buy happiness
The London School of Economics says money doesn't buy you happiness and we should all be taught resilience at school so we can with stand adversity and concentrate on the things that really matter - love, relationships and good health. They are right and very badly wrong at the same time. Health is paramount. Love is the icing on life's cake. If, however, you have a pressing debt weighing you down, a lost job losing you sleep or a mortgage or rent you know you can't pay, the overwhelming pressure engulfs everything making it impossible to be "mindful" of your blessings.
http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/vanessa-feltz/742839/Vanessa-Feltz-A-child-unfriendly-hotel-spoilt-our-fun

Yahoo! Germany
Geld macht nicht glücklich! Diese Faktoren sind viel wichtiger/ Money does not make us happy! These factors are much more important:
Data from Australia, Britain, Germany and the United States have been evaluated for the study of "Origins of happiness" of the London School of Economics (LSE). The result: Factors such as health and the people in our area are much more important for our satisfaction as money. Just the mental health plays a vital role for our happiness. Anxiety and depression are the biggest threat to our life satisfaction.
https://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/geld-macht-nicht-glucklich-diese-faktoren-sind-viel-wichtiger-110708367.html

20minutes.fr (France)
When happiness rhymes with friendship and health rather than with money
Money will not bring happiness, but friends and health will. Indeed, the feeling of happiness would be conditioned by social and psychological criteria and not by economic factors. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by researchers from the London School of Economics, led by Lord Richard Layard, a professor at the famous establishment - the London School of Economics - and former advisor to former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
http://www.20minutes.fr/sciences/1980051-20161213-quand-bonheur-rime-amitie-sante-plutot-argent

Ouest France
L'argent ne fait pas le Bonheur, les amis et sante, oui
These are social and psychological criteria, and not the economic factors that govern the feeling of happiness. The evidence? While over the last 50 years, the average standard of living in the United Kingdom rose sharply, the British do not feel even more happy.
http://www.ouest-france.fr/sciences/l-argent-ne-fait-pas-le-bonheur-les-amis-et-sante-oui-4676913

Terrafemina (France)
Here is the key to happiness, according to a scientific study
Money will not give you happiness, and it is science that says this. The key to a fulfilling life? Good health, whether mental or physical.
http://www.terrafemina.com/article/voici-la-cle-du-bonheur-selon-une-etude-scientifique_a324974/1

adnkronos.com (Italy)
What is happiness? From health and friends, not from money
Most of the ' human misery ' can be attributed to failed relationships and physical and mental diseases, rather than having money problems and economic status, according to the authors of the work cited by the ' Guardian ' online. Eliminating depression and anxiety would be reduced 20% of misery-claim basis--compared to just 5% less than you would get if politicians focused on poverty reduction. The expert who led the report, Lord Richard Layard, in support of these findings also explains that on average people in the last 50 years have not become happier despite average incomes have more than doubled. The researchers analyzed data from 4 countries, including the United States and Germany.
http://www.adnkronos.com/salute/2016/12/13/cosa-dipende-felicita-salute-amici-non-dai-soldi_vkV9c84AbbUUq4oYET7yzI.html

Women's Weekly (New Zealand)
Key factors in happiness revealed
Research from the London School of Economics (LSE), has revealed that having good mental health and a partner have a far greater positive effect on our happiness than an increase in income.
http://www.womensweekly.co.nz/latest/health/key-factors-in-happiness-revealed-21676

Noticias.uol.com (Portugal)
Love 'purchases' more happiness than money, says British University study
The co-author of the study, Richard Layard, says the results show that the "State must assume a new role" and reformulate public policies.
http://noticias.uol.com.br/ciencia/ultimas-noticias/bbc/2016/12/13/amor-compra-mais-felicidade-que-dinheiro-diz-estudo-de-universidade-britanica.htm

DestinyMan.com
A pay increase doesn't feel as good as finding love - study
"The evidence shows that the things that matter most for our happiness and for our misery are our social relationships and our mental and physical health. This demands a new role for the state - not 'wealth creation' but 'wellbeing creation'," said co-author of the report, Richard Layard.
http://www.destinyman.com/2016/12/13/pay-increase-doesnt-feel-good-finding-love-study/

Evening Standard (online)
This is the key to our happiness, according to major study
A landmark study by the London School of Economics (LSE) pulled together findings from several international surveys focused on the causes of happiness and unhappiness. In total, responses from 200,000 people were used to compile the study's findings, the BBC reports.
http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/this-is-the-key-to-our-happiness-according-to-major-study-a3418291.html

Vanity Fair (Italy)
La felicitá? Dipende dagli amici, non dai soldi
The group, led by economist Lord Richard Layard, said it would "revolutionize the way we think about human priorities" and of wanting to introduce the <> how to measure the success of a Government, instead of the economy.
http://www.vanityfair.it/news/storie/16/12/13/benessere-felicita-salute-mentale-ricchezza-poverta-london-school-economics

New Money (Italy)
Richard Layard: I soldi non fanno la felicitá
A study by Richard Layard of LSE reveals how happiness depend on by friends and mood than by money.
http://www.newmoney.it/richard-layard-soldi-non-fanno-la-felicita/

Vice
New research argues it's life that makes us sad, not debt
According to a new study released by economic policy analysts Vox, it's your failed romances, toxic friendships, and mental health that's making you more unhappy than debt. The Origins of Happiness Report, compiled by researchers from the London School of Economics, claims social and mental health issues are the source of human misery-much more so than poverty. http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/depression-and-anxiety-are-more-harmful-than-poverty-study-finds

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Panorama (Italy)
The true wealth is having a good friend
What is the origin of happiness? This is the question that has arisen the team of researchers from the LSE. To guide the study was Lord Richard Layard former Adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
http://www.panorama.it/societa/life/la-vera-ricchezza-e-avere-un-buon-amico/

Pueblo Y Sociedad Noticias
Estudio: el amor trae más felicidad que el dinero
http://pysnnoticias.com/estudio-el-amor-trae-mas-felicidad-que-el-dinero/

Extra.ec (Spain)
¿Qué te hace más feliz: tener una pareja o un buen sueldo?
http://www.extra.ec/buena-vida/relaciones-amor-pareja-trabajo-ingresos-economicos-GI930679

UltimaHora.com (Spain)
¿Qué te hace más feliz, tener pareja o tu éxito laboral?
http://www.ultimahora.com/que-te-hace-mas-feliz-tener-pareja-o-tu-exito-laboral-n1047627.html

Pagina Siete (Spain)
Tener pareja nos hace más felices que una subida salarial
http://www.paginasiete.bo/miradas/2016/12/13/tener-pareja-hace-felices-subida-salarial-120244.html

El Canal de las Noticias (Spain)
Tener pareja te hace más feliz que tener dinero : Estudio
http://canal44.com/tener-pareja-te-hace-mas-feliz-que-tener-dinero-estudio/

Berlesik Basin (Turkey)
The secret of happiness is solved
Being in a relationship is the most obvious factor that ensures the promotion of happiness. Happiness level on a scale from 1 to 10 of the study found that doubling the salary of one outbreak of happiness to be a less than 0.2 change was opened. BBC Turkish according to, researchers in this situation, how one affects the other salary compared to the discovery of what is important in the position. Start a new relationship, happiness increased from 0.6, while partner separation or any forfeiture has the same effect as negative, too. Depression and anxiety increased unemployment, as well as the factors that led to unhappiness at 0.7.
http://www.birlesikbasin.com/article/mutlulugun-sirri-cozuldu-256.html

Tuesday 13 December
BBC Radio Scotland (Glasgow)
Mention of the LSE report on wellbeing and its association with health and partnerships, not money.
http://mms.tveyes.com/playerlette.aspx?StationID=6030?tDateTime=12%2f13%2f2016+07%3a23%3a05&Duration=301&ShowAllControls=true&MaxWidth=320&PartnerID=1535&ShowScrubber=true&refchecked=1

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• BBC Coventry & Warwickshire; BBC Radio Gloucestershire; BBC Three Counties Radio

Big FM radio (Germany)
Der Beweis: Geld allein macht einen Menschen nicht glücklich/The proof: Money alone does not make a person happy
Thanks to the London School of Economics, we have it now in black and white: money alone does not make a person happy.
http://www.bigfm.de/buzzhaltestelle/17221/beweis-geld-menschen-gluecklich

Newstalk 106-108 fm
Governments must prioritise mental health, claims landmark study on happiness
While it has long been asserted that money is not the key to happiness, a new landmark study might finally prove it right. According to research carried out by the London School of Economics, examining responses from more than 20,000 people, most of human misery is down to failed relationships and physical and mental illness, rather than poverty and money problems. As the study's lead author, Lord Richard Layard said that despite the average income more than doubling in the last half century, people are no happier than they were before. The economist claims the study, titled Origins of Happiness, shows that governments should prioritise legislative systems that measure people's satisfaction with their lives.
http://www.newstalk.com/Governments-must-prioritise-mental-health-claims-landmark-study-on-happiness

CBS Minnesota
Health & Fitness: Most Americans have not gotten a flu shot
...Attention To Happiness, Mental Health?In a new study, researchers at the London School of Economics say that much of the...
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/category/health-fitness/3592209-cdc-most-americans-have-not-gotten-a-flu-shot/


Wednesday 14 December

CEP on TV/Radio
Wednesday 14 December
BBC WM (Birmingham)
News
Discussion of LSE study on wellbeing and its association with health and partnerships, not money.
http://mms.tveyes.com/playerlette.aspx?StationID=6020?tDateTime=12%2f14%2f2016+07%3a12%3a16&Duration=239&ShowAllControls=true&MaxWidth=320&PartnerID=1535&ShowScrubber=true&refchecked=1

Wednesday 14 December
Heilpraxisnet (Germany)
Happiness studies: What is the key to our well-being?
Researchers found out now that relationship status and mental health are crucial for heartfelt happiness and satisfaction in life.
http://www.heilpraxisnet.de/naturheilpraxis/gluecksstudien-was-ist-der-schluessel-zu-unserem-wohlbefinden-20161213212758

Republika.co.id (Indonesia)
Studi: Kebahagiaan Lebih Efektif Tanggulangi Kemiskinan/Study: Happiness More Effective Poverty-Tanggulangi
One's happiness is not only seen from the size of the material. According to the latest study from a team of researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE), reported by the Guardian, Monday (14/12), most often it is precisely human misery caused the failed relationship or with regard to the issue of physical and or mental disease suffered.
http://www.republika.co.id/berita/gaya-hidup/info-sehat/16/12/14/oi53wk382-studi-kebahagiaan-lebih-efektif-tanggulangi-kemiskinan

Parent Herald
Why poverty and mental illness can't be separated, they go hand in hand
Poverty and mental illness goes hand in hand; one can't tackle one without the other one, says Dean Burnett after the latest report by Lord Richard Layard suggested that happiness depends on friends and health, not money. The Guardian's reporter noted though that he has no issue with Lord Layard and just want to emphasize that the study has overlooked the truth that the two are necessarily linked together and can't be addressed individually unless the two are tackled together.
http://www.parentherald.com/articles/93938/20161214/why-poverty-and-mental-illness-can-t-be-separated-they-go-hand-in-hand.htm

Sputnik News
¿Dinero o amor? Lo que necesitas para ser feliz
Un estudio llevado a cabo por científicos de la Escuela de Economía de Londres ha revelado que tener una pareja tiene un mayor impacto sobre la felicidad de las personas que un aumento de salario, informó Telegraph.
https://mundo.sputniknews.com/sociedad/201612141065560326-dinero-no-trae-la-felicidad/

RT Sepa Mas (Spain)
¿El dinero o el amor? Un estudio mundial descubre la fuente de la felicidad
A study made by the University London School of Economics (LSE) of London (United Kingdom) between 20,000 respondents of all the world concludes that it more important to be happy are them relations social and it health physical and mental, above them factors economic, being the health mental the greater indicator of the happiness individual, advises NDTV.
https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/226090-estudio-felicidad-dinero-amor

India New England News
Finding love, not money, key to a happy life
A new research by London School of Economics reinforces the belief that money cannot buy you happiness - at least as much as finding love and enjoying a good mental health can. These two factors - being in a meaningful relationship and robust mental health - were found to be more significant contributors to an individual's overall contentment than economic factors, including doubling one's salary, Telegraph.co.uk reported.
http://indianewengland.com/2016/12/finding-love-not-money-key-happy-life/

Deccan Chronicle (India)
Happiness depends on health and friends
The report claims that state-run organisations, including schools, must become more focused on tackling anxiety and mental health issues.
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/141216/happiness-depends-on-health-and-friends.html

Pakistan Today
Happiness depends on health; friends, not money: study
Most human misery can be blamed on failed relationships and physical and mental illness rather than money problems and poverty, according to a landmark study by a team of researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE). Eliminating depression and anxiety would reduce misery by 20% compared to just 5% if policymakers focused on eliminating poverty, the report found. Lord Richard Layard, who led the report, said on average people have become no happier in the last 50 years, despite average incomes more than doubling.
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/blog/2016/12/14/happiness-depends-on-health-friends-not-money-study/

105.net (Italy)
La felicità arriva dalla buona salute, non dal denaro
As pointed out by Lord Richard Layard, an economist of great fame, expenses to reduce anxiety and depression in people not only should be highly responsible, but would be practically self-financed as the Government would recover the costs with more employment and more tax revenues, in addition to the lowering of the costs of the national health system.
http://www.105.net/news/tutto-news/222905/la-felicita-arriva-dalla-buona-salute-non-dal-denaro.html

La Sicilia
Happiness depends on health and friends, not on money
The British study speaks about depression and anxiety and how treating those is a more effective fight against poverty.
http://www.lasicilia.it/news/salute/48858/ricerca-la-felicita-dipende-da-salute-e-amici-non-dai-soldi.html

Femme actuelle
Le bonheur serait lié à une bonne santé et non à l'argent
The study suggests policies that eliminate depression and anxiety would reduce the distress of close to 20% compared with 5% only if they only focus on poverty reduction.
http://www.femmeactuelle.fr/bien-etre/news-bien-etre/bonheur-lie-sante-34978

Barchester.com
Relationships and health are most important to happiness
People are happiest when they are experiencing good mental and physical health, as well as when they have good relationships with partners, family and friends, according to a new landmark study. Researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE) have discovered that money problems and poverty are not key aspects of a person's happiness, with health and emotional connections being the things that define it. According to LSE's findings, if more work was put into treating depression and anxiety, unhappiness would be reduced by 20 per cent. In comparison, focusing policy on eliminating poverty would only result in a five per cent fall in unhappiness.
https://www.barchester.com/news/relationships-and-health-are-most-important-happiness

CEP on TV/Radio
Wednesday 14 December
Geo News (Pakistan)
Health, relationships more important for happiness than money: study
Human misery is primarily the outcome of emotional stress, mental and physical illness rather than money problems, a study led by London School of Economics (LSE) researchers stated.
The study titled 'Origin of Happiness' was led by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's former adviser, Lord Richard Layard. The study suggests that human misery is generally the outcome of failed relationships.
https://www.geo.tv/latest/123721-Health-relationships-more-important-for-happiness-than-money-study



Thursday 15 December
Global Government Forum
New research boosts crusade to embed happiness in public policy
New research suggests that governments could have more success in improving people's lives if they prioritised improving mental health over traditional top goals such as boosting economic growth.
The research, which was carried out by the London School of Economics, was launched at an international conference on 'wellbeing' held in London on 12-13 December. At the event, experts including the former UK civil service chief Gus O'Donnell argued that politicians should put wellbeing objectives at the heart of public policy.
http://www.globalgovernmentforum.com/new-research-boosts-crusade-to-embed-happiness-in-public-policy/

SciencePost (France)
According to British researchers, money is definitely not happiness!
Maintain fulfilling relationships and maintain good health would be the keys to happiness than money. It is the result of a British study that would like to see Governments focus on this axis here rather than a constant economic struggle.
http://sciencepost.fr/2016/12/selon-chercheurs-britanniques-largent-ne-definitivement-bonheur/

DC News (Romania)
Principalele cauze ale suferintei umane. Nu este vorba despre bani /The main causes of human suffering. It's not about the money
Although revenues have doubled in the past 50 years, humans have not become happier, according to Lord Richard Layard. People adapt the level of salary increased, but compares the income, according to the researchers, write descopera.ro. People who are in a relationship of the couple had elevated happiness results in trials, and the loss of life partner have an important impact, affecting the emotional state of the person.
http://www.dcnews.ro/principalele-cauze-ale-suferintei-umane-nu-este-vorba-despre-bani_526054.html?

La Cronica.com (Mexico)
Estudio descubre la fuente de la felicidad/Study discovers the source of happiness
http://www.lacronica.com/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/LoCurioso/14122016/1159343-Estudio-descubre-la-fuente-de-la-felicidad.html

Kathimerini (CY)
LSE: mental health more important factor than money
The British University studied responses from almost 200,000 people who have participated in various international surveys on well-being and happiness.
http://www.kathimerini.com.cy/index.php?pageaction=kat&modid=1&artid=256271

Short News (Germany)
Study: happiness depends not on the money off, but health and friends
Results from a study of the London School of Economics (LSE) have now shown that human misery depends not on poverty, but of broken relationships and mental as well as physical diseases. In addition, the researchers have found that the average consumer has become neither happy nor unhappy over the last 50 years, although the salaries have risen significantly.
http://www.shortnews.de/id/1218538/studie-gluecklichsein-haengt-nicht-vom-geld-ab-sondern-von-gesundheit-und-freunden?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=alles&utm_campaign=161215#

Quartz
Jeffrey Sachs: Economics is "horrendously misguided" and obsessed with "completely unimportant things"
Sachs urges his fellow economists to take the study of wellbeing more seriously. Speaking at the London School of Economics, he said:
We're so rich in our total production and in our capacities to do things that we could solve absolutely fundamental challenges, such as ending extreme poverty or addressing climate change or preserving biodiversity without much effort. Our problem is we don't even know what we want to do as a society. My profession is pretty useless on this, just horrendously misguided in what it spends its time on. Because it spends its time on completely unimportant things and neglects the very important things it cannot be the most important issue in the world whether the US grows at another 3% or 3.5% or 2.9% a year, when over the last 65 years there's been no discernible rise in wellbeing and lots of discernible worsening of social wellbeing.
http://qz.com/863154/economics-has-become-horrendously-misguided-by-obsessing-about-completely-unimportant-things-according-to-economist-jeffrey-sachs/

Eyewitness News
The origins of happiness
In 1961, the OECD organised a conference on human capital that propelled education into the centre of policy-making worldwide (OECD 1962, Schultz 1961). This month, the OECD and the London School of Economics (LSE) are holding a conference on subjective wellbeing that they hope will usher in another revolution - where policymaking at last aims at what really matters: the happiness of the people.
http://ewn.co.za/2016/12/15/the-origins-of-happiness


Friday 16 December
BBC World Service
Happiness report from the London School of Economics demands
http://mms.tveyes.com/playerlette.aspx?StationID=7195?tDateTime=12%2f16%2f2016+18%3a50%3a56&Duration=301&ShowAllControls=true&MaxWidth=320&PartnerID=1535&ShowScrubber=true&refchecked=1

University Herald
Science-backed proof that money can't buy happiness
What makes humans happy? What makes you happy? Is it the material and tangible things? Or is it experiences or people? Happiness can be measured and defined in so many ways but according to a study by a team of researchers in London School of Economics, a person's happiness is based on their personal relationships as well as their physical and mental health.
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/55151/20161215/science-backed-proof-money-t-buy-happiness.htm#!

MSN Schweiz (France)
Here is the key to happiness, according to a scientific study
The money is not the key to happiness, and it is science that says this. The key to a fulfilling life? Good health, whether mental or physical.
We often think that our happiness is intrinsically linked to our professional and financial success. However, a recent study by the London School of Economics has just revealed the opposite. Of course, we don't deny that a comfortable salary allows you to more easily sort out his problems, but according to researchers, it's by addressing the depression and anxiety that could reduce the human misery of 20%, compared with 5% by focusing only on the eradication of poverty.
http://www.msn.com/fr-ch/sante/bien-etre/voici-la-cl%C3%A9-du-bonheur-selon-une-%C3%A9tude-scientifique/ar-AAluOsr

Il Giornale D'Italia
Scientificamente provato: l'amore rende felici/Scientifically proven: love makes you happy
Looking at survey data from Australia, Britain, Germany and the United States, the research team looked at 200,000 responses asking what is the lifestyle that gave them greater happiness. They found that mental health is by far the largest, saw that depression and anxiety are responsible for about 20% of the variation of life satisfaction. It was also found that having a partner has a major impact on happiness.
http://www.ilgiornaleditalia.org/news/primopiano/883790/Scientificamente-provato--l-amore-rende.html

Kurier.at (Germany)
What really affects our happiness
It is a central process in the life of the people: the pursuit of happiness. Researchers of the London School of Economics and political science have found that not money problems, but above all failed relationships and unstable friendships, as well as physical and mental disorders make people unhappy.
https://kurier.at/wellness/gesundheit-freunde-wovon-unser-glueck-wirklich-abhaengt/235.835.830

ZAP (Portugal)
Science confirms: buy more happiness than money
A new study shows that having good mental health and to be in a good relationship makes people happier than, for example, when your salary is doubled.
http://www.microsofttranslator.com/BV.aspx?ref=IE8Activity&a=http%3A%2F%2Fzap.aeiou.pt%2Fciencia-confirma-amor-compra-felicidade-do-dinheiro-141761

Kibris (Turkey)
The secret of happiness is not money in partner
The BBC reports that 200 thousand people according to research people and most crushingly, depression and anxiety. Being in a relationship is the most obvious factor that ensures the promotion of happiness. Happiness level on a scale from 1 to 10 of the study found that doubling the salary of one outbreak of happiness to be a less than 0.2 change was opened.
http://www.kibrisgazetesi.com/saglik/mutlulugun-sirri-parada-degil-partnerde/8638

Camernews.com (France)
Women. Here is the key to happiness, according to a scientific study
The money is not happiness, and it is science that says. The key to a fulfilling life? Good health, whether mental or physical.
We often think that our happiness is intrinsically linked to our professional and financial success. However, a recent study by the London School of Economics has just revealed the opposite. Of course, we don't deny that a comfortable salary allows you to more easily sort out his problems, but according to researchers, it's by addressing the depression and anxiety that could reduce the human misery of 20%, compared with 5% by focusing only on the eradication of poverty.
http://www.camernews.com/femmes-voici-la-cle-du-bonheur-selon-une-etude-scientifique/

Serambi (Indonesia)
More happiness from being in a couple than in having money
Researchers from the London School of Economics questioned 200,000 people around the world about the events in life and change in the scale of happiness 1 to 10. What actually make people happier? Not money.
http://aceh.tribunnews.com/2016/12/16/punya-pasangan-lebih-bikin-bahagia-daripada-punya-uang



Saturday 17 December
Mail online
Dr Max the mind doctor: we need more school nurses to fight teenage anxiety epidemic
Secret of real festive cheer
Money can't buy happiness, according to a landmark conference on wellbeing at the London School of Economics. The true secret to being happy is social relationships and good mental and physical health.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4042668/DR-MAX-MIND-DOCTOR-need-school-nurses-fight-teenage-anxiety-epidemic.html

PayScale
Career News - Love makes us happier than money (but ask for a raise anyway)
Based on survey data from over 200,000 respondents in Australia, Britain, Germany, and the U.S., researchers determined how much various factors affect life satisfaction. The factors included economic measures, like income and employment status, health factors related to physical and emotional well-being, and partner status. The big takeaway: being partnered affects happiness more than any other factor except mental health.
http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2016/12/love-makes-us-happier-money-ask-raise-anyway



Monday 19 December
Northamptonshire Telegraph
Doubling someone's salary has minimal impact on happiness
While increasing salary had a minimal effect on people's wellbeing, unemployment reduces the happiness of each unemployed person by about 0.7 points on average.
http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/doubling-someone-s-salary-has-minimal-impact-on-happiness-1-7735399

La Figaro
Le Bonheur passe par le bien-être plus que par la richesse
Does money equal happiness? Many studies have looked at the subject. Some results go one way, and others the opposite. A new study from the LSE (London School of Economics), called "Origins of happiness", focuses again on the subject. The main teaching: having significant revenue does not guarantee that a person will be happier on a daily basis.
http://www.lefigaro.fr/entrepreneur/2016/12/19/09007-20161219ARTFIG00039-le-bonheur-passe-par-le-bien-etre-plus-que-par-la-richesse.php

Yahoo! Singapore
It's official: Science says more money won't make you happier
It has been said that money can't buy happiness. Now, a new report has been released confirming this to be true. The study, conducted by researchers from the London School of Economics surveyed 200,000 people worldwide about the changes in their lives and found that money doesn't make people happier. Using a scale of 1 to 10, participants were asked to rank their happiness as a result of these changes. And of course, an abundance of money did not change the happiness of any of the participants.
https://sg.style.yahoo.com/official-science-says-more-money-220058913.html

Postimees (Estonia)
Study: love makes for happier than money
http://naine24.postimees.ee/3951137/uuring-armastus-teeb-onnelikumaks-kui-raha


Monday 26 December
26/12/2016 Guardian Happiness study 'lets austerity off the hook', psychologists claim https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/26/happiness-lse-study-austerity-off-the-hook-psychologists-claim LSE study led by Labour peer found that failed relationships and physical and mental illness were bigger causes of misery than poverty Clinical psychologists have raised the alarm over a controversial piece of research led by a Labour peer, with one saying it "lets austerity off the hook" as a cause of mental health problems. The London School of Economics study led by Lord Richard Layard, published in early December, found that failed relationships and physical and mental illness were bigger causes of misery than poverty. The study, headlined the "Origins of happiness", made the claim that eliminating depression and anxiety would reduce misery by 20%, while eliminating poverty would only reduce it by 5%. Wellbeing Andrew Clark, Sarah Fleche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, George Ward Associated article Vox Origins of happiness: Evidence and policy implications Andrew Clark, Sarah Fleche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee and George Ward http://voxeu.org/article/origins-happiness

Related links

22/12/2016 The Walton Sun (Florida, USA) Happiness may help fight poverty http://www.waltonsun.com/news/20161222/happiness-may-help-fight-poverty Too often in our business we focus primarily on finances. Of course, that is what financial professionals do, but we could be neglecting an important, maybe more important, piece of the pie. The recent London School of Economics report "Origins of Happiness" found that more human misery was related to failed personal relationships along with mental illness than financial problems. Tackling mental health issues may be the best way to fight poverty. Richard Layard, an advisor to Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, led the study, which analyzed data from four countries including the United States. Layard believes money spent on mental health would pay for itself by generating income from increased employment and reduced healthcare costs. Over several decades, Layard has made the argument social and psychological factors are more important than income levels when it comes to life satisfaction. Layard notes that having a partner is as right for you as being unemployed is bad for you.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/news/programme.asp?resprog=9
 
Description Speaker: HMT/GES Seminar on Wellbeing (October 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Well-being Economics - from Theory to Practice
A GES/R Event in collaboration with the Social Impacts Task Force & What Works Centre for Well-being
23rd October 2015 10:00 to 12:00 - HMT Auditorium

Background
The Prime Minister launched the Measuring National Well-being Programme in 2010. The clear aspiration at launch was to go beyond measurement and for the new statistics to be a means to an end for government in taking 'practical steps' to ensure our decisions are very much focussed on quality of life. Most recently the Prime Minister, at the first cabinet meeting of the new government, challenged ministers to ensure "every decision we take, every policy we pursue, every programme we start" gives everyone the best chance of "living a fulfilling and good life". But practically how do we build the wealth of research on well-being into our decision making? What are the tools we need and where are the evidence gaps?
Last year the government established an independent What Works Centre to answer these questions - bringing together the best academic minds and think tanks for a three year programme. Come along to this event to learn more about the progress that is being made and to have your say on the work of the centre so that it delivers the economic and social research tools that can help you in your day job.
Agenda:
Introduction (Amanda Rowlatt - Chair)
Session 1 - What Works for Well-being?
? Why Well-being? (Lord O'Donnell)
? What Works Centre for Well-being - How can it help the GES/R? (Dr Paul Litchfield)
Panel Questions & Answers
Session 2 - What Works Centre Evidence Programmes
? Cross-Cutting Evidence - Tools, Training and Guidance (Prof Richard Layard and Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve)
? Work, Adult Learning and Well-being (Professor Kevin Daniels)
? Sport, Culture and Well-being (Professor Paul Dolan)
? Community Well-being (Saamah Abdallah)
Panel Questions & Answers
Final Discussion - What would you like to see? How can the centre help you?
Video - Well-being Public Dialogues (Hopkins Van Mil)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description The Origins of Happiness - UK Press Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Richard Layard and Andrew Clark hosted a dinner briefing for members of the press to disseminate the findings of their new book The Origins of Happiness. Attendees: David Smith (the Times); Will Hutton (Guardian); Mark Easton (BBC); Simon Jenkins (Guardian); Larry Elliot (Observer); Callum Williams (The Economist); Rishi Khosla; Minouche Shafik (LSE Director). As a result of the invitation mailout, the book garnered coverage in The FT, BBC Breakfast, The Guardian and The Times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Origins of Happiness Blog, December 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Blog about the LSE OECD December Conference. Picked up by international news media (see press round up)
Understanding the key determinants of people's life satisfaction will suggest policies for how best to reduce misery and promote wellbeing. This column discusses evidence from survey data on Australia, Britain, Germany, and the US which indicate that the things that matter most are people's social relationships and their mental and physical health; and that the best predictor of an adult's life satisfaction is their emotional health as a child. The authors call for a new focus for public policy: not 'wealth creation' but 'wellbeing creation'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://voxeu.org/article/origins-happiness
 
Description The Origins of Happiness US Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 6 January, Alan Kreuger (Princeton) and Layard hosted a launch of The Origins of Happiness at the Annual AEA Meeting in Philadelphia. The AEA event is attended by international academics, media and business/policy figures alike. This event attracted 55 guests across academics, LSE alumni, and the press.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.aeaweb.org/conference/2018/preliminary/3257?q=eNqrVipOLS7OzM8LqSxIVbKqVkotS80rUbJSMlKq1V...
 
Description What Works Centre for Wellbeing Mini-Conference led by Cross-Cutting Strand (Wellcome, December 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Topics covered included:
Common currency and its uses (Layard and De Neve)
Exchange rates between currencies (A. Clark)
Cost-effectiveness evaluation (Knapp)
Determinants of wellbeing: overview (Powdthavee)
A meeting to inform the work of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and beyond, attended by members of the Centre and policy-makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Workshop on Wellbeing over the life course: Learning from the British cohort studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Wellbeing research based on longitudinal data is able to provide invaluable insights into how we, as a society, can work together to improve our quality of life. This workshop aims to explore ways in which this data can be used more to inform wellbeing research in the wider community.

About the workshop
In partnership with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) is hosting a one-day workshop exploring the ways in which data sourced from longitudinal birth cohort studies can be used to inform wellbeing research. In addition to discovering what datasets and measures are currently available, delegates will find out about the latest research, and gain a first-hand insight into how use these datasets during a live methods and data demonstration.

This workshop is open to all those interested in using cohort data to analyse wellbeing, in particular we welcome policymakers, third sector representatives and academics wanting to undertake well-being research using cohort studies. The workshop will be aimed primarily at new data users, but experienced users are also welcome.

Provisional programme
Chair: Heather Joshi

9:45 - 10:00 Registration and refreshments

10:00 - 10:45 Introduction Alissa Goodman, CLS & Martina Narayanan, CLS

10:45 - 11:10 Tea/coffee

11:10 - 13:00 What's new in wellbeing research using cohort studies?
- What factors predict child and adult wellbeing? Praveetha Patalay, CLS & University of Liverpool
- What makes a successful life? Nick Powdthavee, University of Warwick
- Childhood socio-economic position and adult mental wellbeing. Mai Stafford, UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health/Natasha Wood, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL
- Effect of childhood bereavement on wellbeing. Alison Penny, National Children's Bureau

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Option A. Methods and Data workshop with George Ploubidis and Benedetta Pongiglione. (Room TW2 4.02, LSE)
Learn how to use cohort data during a live demonstration in the computer lab.

14:00 - 15:30 Option B. Research Q&A with Heather Joshi, Alissa Goodman and Praveetha Patalay. (Room 2.04, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE)
Come and ask the experts for advice regarding your research ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/wellbeing-british-cohort-studies/