Tag: #happiness

28th October 2013

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by Greg Dorey


Voluntarism and Happiness

Describing happiness is difficult and attaining it is elusive. But I tend to agree with Albert Schweitzer, who once commented to a group of volunteers that “The only ones among you who will really be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Every 6 months or so, I meet a new […]

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27th May 2013

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by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Well-being, the Common Good and the Holy See

What are governments for? At its most fundamental, the role of government is to keep people and communities safe. Right until the modern era, provision of security was seen as the prime function of government. It still is an essential priority, and it is no coincidence that assuring national security remains one of the over-riding […]

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3rd August 2012

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by Nick Bridge

Special Representative for Climate Change

How are you feeling?

In November 2010, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the government was asking the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to devise a new way of measuring well-being: “we’ll start measuring our progress as a country, not just by how our economy is growing, but by how our lives are improving.” Between April 2011 and March 2012, 165,000 UK adults aged 16 and over answered four ONS questions:

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