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Well-being and Global Success

Well-being and Global Success

Throughout the world, people are looking for new models of progress. For many decades the dominant model has been economic growth, and that remains important. But, as David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has said, “economic growth is only a means to an end”. The end is well-being.

Today, we have a new body of science that shows just how many other factors are also important for well-being. That is why the OECD has for several years been attempting to redefine progress, and why in July 2011, the UN General Assembly advocated more priority for policies that promote happiness.

To increase well-being, new priorities are needed for governments and communities, as well as families and business. We should all care about well-being because it helps produce other good things that we care about – happier workers generate better performance for companies; happier people have more successful families and create more harmonious communities.

In this report, we look in turn at well-being in three key areas of our life that affect each one of us: work, family and community. The report is about people and not abstractions. To underline this point we use the following headings:

  • Me and my work
  • Me and my family
  • Me and my community