Since the launch of the first World Happiness Report in 2012, more and more people have come to believe that countries' success should be judged by the happiness of their people. There is also a growing consensus about how happiness should be measured. This consensus means that national happiness can now become an operational objective for governments.

The World Happiness Report 2023 addresses the following questions:

  • What is the consensus view about measuring national happiness, and what kinds of behaviour does it require of individuals and institutions?
  • How have trust and benevolence saved lives and supported happiness over the past three years of COVID-19 and other crises?
  • What is state effectiveness and how does it affect human happiness?
  • How does altruistic behaviour by individuals affect their own happiness, that of the recipient, and the overall happiness of society?
  • How well does social media data enable us to measure the prevailing levels of happiness and distress?






Published March 2023

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