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State of world happiness is topic of June 5 talk



BROOKLIN — Why are some people happier than others? Why are some countries among the saddest in the world?

In the mid-1970s, to the surprise of many economists, it was discovered that happiness of individuals, communities, and nation states does not always rise as income and GDP do. What is happiness and how can it be measured? Many believe that money doesn’t bring happiness, but what does? Such questions are the subject of a global interdisciplinary study that was published in March just as the COVID-19 pandemic exploded. The group preparing this study decided to immediately double-down on its research and data and ask how “happiness quotients” have changed as the pandemic deepened.

Brooklin resident and Duke philosophy professor Owen Flanagan has been heavily involved in this study, which is sponsored in part by the Vatican and the United Nations. He will provide an up-to-date report with a Zoom presentation on Friday, June 5, at 10 a.m.

Flanagan will provide an overview of the World Happiness Report project, and then explore data and projections of happiness trends in the context of a global pandemic. He’ll close with discussion about trends affecting the happiness, health and well-being of Americans both before the epidemic and as of June 5.

For further information and to register for this free event, go to https://colloquydowneast.org/. For more information, call Peter Sly at 460-2321.

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