"Happiness may have different meanings for different people. But we can all agree that it means working to end conflict, poverty and other unfortunate conditions in which so many of our fellow human beings live."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
20 March marks the start of spring, and it is also the International Day of Happiness when people around the globe share and celebrate what makes them happy. If that's not enough to get your happy juice flowing, we've prepared a collection of free learning content on happiness to get you started. Dig in, enjoy, and share the happiness!
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The 2018 World Happiness Report found Finland as the worlds happiest country which proves income does not necessarily lead to happiness says Professor Paul Anand.Read now ❯How happiness is challenging GDP as the measure of a country’s health
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Journeying through Wellbeing
Take a journey through Wellbeing and see how factors such as where we grow up, what happens to us, and our physical health, can all impact on our mental health and wellbeing.Take part now ❯Journeying through Wellbeing
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The pitfalls of trying to measure happiness
The first national survey on well-being suggests that the happiest people are healthy home-owning rural couples with jobs. Meg Barker cautions against taking the findings at face value.Read now ❯The pitfalls of trying to measure happiness
Sandel discusses Bentham's view that justice is entirely about maximising one's own and everyone else's happinessWatch now ❯Sandel on Bentham's views on happiness and justice
Sargon Nissan asks if climate change adaptation can help solve issues of happiness and well-beingWatch now ❯Adapting to climate change: can we improve our happiness?
The most 'important and greatest puzzle' we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle, one that is complex, subtle and multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change within different contexts. When answering the question 'what makes us who we are?' psychologists put forward a range of explanations about why people feel, think and behave the way they do. Just when psychologists seem to understand one bit of 'who we are' up pops some new evidence to show a different side! It is not easy to pin down all the many influences. This free course, Starting with psychology, makes a start.Learn more ❯Starting with psychology
How do we use language in comedy? What is the social importance of comedy? What are the techniques used with language to create different types of humour? This series looks at how entertainers manipulate language to generate humour, and what this reveals about the nature of comedy and its function in society. Featuring Henning Wehn, on cross cultural humour, Isy Suttie, on crafting a joke and Graham Fellows on creating his character John Shuttleworth.Watch now ❯The Language of Comedy