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Richer But Not Happier

Jonathan Rauch, Why Prosperity Has Increased but Happiness Has Not, The New York Times, August 21, 2018

Local and Relative

Ordinary people’s well-being depends mainly on their immediate surroundings. If you are an autoworker who loses your job in Massena, N.Y., when G.M. closes its local plant (moving some jobs to Mexico) and who spends years out of work and who watches as schools shut down and shops go dark and young people flee — for you, the fact that America’s big coastal cities are doing great, or that more than half a billion Chinese have been lifted out of extreme poverty, merely rubs salt in your wounds.

 

 

 

 

Through the WI Lens

Observing that the impressive postwar rise in material wellbeing in the US has had zero effect on personal wellbeing, the author of “The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50” elaborates on two key findings: (1) All happiness is local: people’s wellbeing depends mainly on their immediate surroundings; (2) All happiness is relative: we humans are walking, talking status meters, constantly judging our worth and social standing by comparing ourselves with others today and with our own prior selves. His conclusion: inequality is “immiserating”.

Pulling Together Out Of Lockdown

July 8, 2020

“The industry has every asset needed to be a guiding light in the shift toward personal health priority. Will that become a prevention legacy, a ‘phoenix rising’ from the Covid-19 ashes?”

Opening The Right Doors

July 2, 2020

“Looking at the bigger picture, putting the measures in this order represents a lost opportunity that the pandemic could have offered for a cultural pivot pivot towards getting people more focused on their health, a powerful statement of intent.”

Home (working) Truths

June 26, 2020

“Employment is necessary to fulfil our most basic human needs such as food and shelter. Any significant increase in long-term unemployment will spell a retrograde step for human wellbeing like no other.”

Global Cities In Retreat

June 16, 2020

“All roads lead to a wellbeing anchor, whether that be economic/financial, physical, mental or emotional: all contribute to a progressive and inclusive cosmopolitan world. The answer should not be a choice of one or the other but of a joined up and compassionate solution for society, business and individuals.”

Why You’re More Than A Production Unit

June 6, 2020

“The paradox is that we continue to do this in spite of recognising that striving to become ever-more productive is an intrinsically unhealthy behaviour, leading to stress and too often, a sense of failure.”

Societal Racism Is Damaging To Individual Wellbeing

June 3, 2020

“The same broad-sweeping structural racism that enables police brutality against black Americans is also responsible for higher mortality among black Americans with Covid-19,” Maimuna Majumder, a Harvard epidemiologist working on the Covid-19 response, tells Vox.

Financial Wellbeing – The New ‘Must Have’

May 26, 2020

The take-out from this? Wellbeing cannot exist at a more elevated level without our basic needs being met.

The Virus That Changes Lives

May 21, 2020

This is not the testimony of any ordinary victim of Covid-19, but that of virologist Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and one of the scientists who discovered Ebola back in 1976.

Leading With Empathy

May 18, 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s star has risen …this article examines the style in which she’s done it.

Lessons From Wuhan On Life After Lockdown

May 15, 2020

Before Times and After Times. Is that how we’ll come to see the Covid-19 pandemic in the fullness of time?

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