Gauging the Happiness of Nations: The United Nations Get on Board | Psychology Today

It has just come to my attention that on July 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution about happiness. Unlike many matters that concern the UN, this resolution was unanimously supported.


Among the ideas set forth in the resolution are the following, thoroughly consistent with recent theorizing and research in positive psychology:

1. The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental and universal human goal.

2. The gross domestic product of a nation does not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of its citizens.

3. Nations should develop measures of happiness and well-being and use them to guide their national policies…