An Interview with a Happiness Researcher

In this post Florence Scialom of the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) interviews Gaël Brulé, who is a happiness researcher at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and part of the happiness think-tank, la Fabrique Spinoza. They discuss happiness at work, wellbeing indicators, links between education and happiness, and more.

How do we move towards a society that prioritizes wellbeing?

Sam is one of our Wellbeing Ambassadors, based in Rochester NY in the United States. He is currently finishing his Master’s dissertation in Economics for Transition at Schumacher College. His work is centred on exploring the impacts of the wellbeing indexes which are already in use, and on their potential for being applied to the local scale. This post provides an introduction to some of the wellbeing measures Sam has been researching thus far.

Wellbeing and the New Economy

There’s lots of talk about happiness and wellbeing at the moment. But what do these words mean and who decides? And can these ideas propel community-led economic regeneration forward? The Network of Wellbeing is working to support the Well and Good Project, in collaboration with the Big Green Canoe, to run a workshop addressing these important questions. The workshop will explore what it means to have a values-led economics based on fundamental human needs.

A Not-For-Profit World Built For Wellbeing

Imagine waking up every morning knowing that your work not only supports your own livelihood but also supports the wellbeing of your entire community. Imagine how it would feel to know that everyone has meaningful work that supports social wellbeing and helps keep the planet healthy.

Welcome to a Not-For-Profit World, a world in which all businesses exist to meet social needs rather than earn private profits. Researchers at the Post Growth Institute are busy writing about how this vision for the future is becoming a reality and how we can all help move this transition along. The book is called “How on Earth: Flourishing in a Not-For-Profit World by 2050”.

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