23rd May 2011

Four years ago, Arthur Brook argued in ‘Gross National Happiness': "what's crucial to well-being is not how cheerful you feel, not how much money you make, but rather the meaning you find in life and your . . . belief that you have created value in your life or others' lives."

More recently, Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology, has joined the discussion. Acknowledging happiness is not enough, he writes:  "Well-being is a combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment." It can't just exist in your own head.

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