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Happiness, Wellbeing and Habitus

Some time ago in this blog I wrote about wellbeing and demography. This week I had an opportunity to revisit some of the ideas from that post in the context of some 2010 reports and discussions. The three stimuli were: 1.Derek Bok's discussion of The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being with Phillip Adams on Radio National's Late Night Live. The book describes the principal findings of happiness researchers and considers "how reliable the results appear to be and whether they deserve to be taken into account in devising government policies"....

Wellbeing and Demographic Snapshots of Australia 2009

In the last week, two reports have provided some fascinating demographic information about Australia. An ABC news post drew attention to the most recent Australian Unity Wellbeing Index report developed in the Australian Centre on Quality of Life (ACQOL) by Bob Cummins. The Index has the aim of promoting greater public and political awareness of the social factors underpinning wellbeing, as well as enhancing scientific understanding of subjective wellbeing. Results (Report 19.1) indicate...