Happiness explained: What human flourishing is and how we can promote it by P Annad [book review]

Kuldeep Kumar*

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In his latest book, economist Paul Anand brings the extensive research on the subject to the common man. He does so in a succinct manner, moving seamlessly from first highlighting the over reliance on gross domestic product (GDP) to measure human wellbeing in a country to then providing his own concise, practical framework to measure true fulfilment. Despite the breadth of disciplines that Anand delves into, from psychology to economics to philosophy, he offers a remarkably straightforward four-point guide, which can be employed indifferent contexts and different stages of one’s life to evaluate wellbeing. The four factors are fairness, autonomy, community and engagement: a testament to how social we truly are and how policy makers may need to shift their thinking towards such subjectivity to achieve more promising results in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)940-940
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A: Statistics in Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


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