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Richard Layard
Richard Layard is the Director of the Wellbeing Programme at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance, and author of the book Happiness - Lessons from a New Science.

Blog Entries by Richard Layard

Why We Should Put Mental Health First

(11) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 10:51 AM

"If you had a billion dollars to make the world a better place, how would you spend it?" My answer is always the same. I would spend it on modern evidence-based psychological therapy for people with depression and crippling anxiety, and for children with disordered conduct. Why?

First, this is...

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Why Happiness Should Be a Global Priority

(15) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 7:00 PM

This Wednesday sees the very first United Nations International Day of Happiness, which is being celebrated around the world on 20 March. This follows a recent resolution adopted by all members of the UN General Assembly calling for happiness to be given a greater priority. So why are...

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The Happiest Countries Are in Northern Europe

(1082) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 12:10 PM

Is it possible to measure the happiness of the world's population? Remarkably it is, and the first World Happiness Report published today does just that.

Even more remarkable is next Monday's United Nations conference on happiness, for which the report was prepared. Last July the UN General Assembly...

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'Empathic Civilization': When Money No Longer Buys Happiness

(6) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 6:45 AM

Competition is lonely. It is good to have it between organisations. Within organisations, though, it may or may not increase productivity, but it does not increase happiness. To extol it is to make a fundamental misjudgment about human nature.

For we are born with a strongly social side to our...

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