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Discord over use of happiness metrics to steer policy

Financial Times

“The internal and external validity of subjective or self-reported wellbeing measures has been studied for over three decades and found to be pretty convincing,” says Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, professor of economics and behavioural science at Oxford university’s Saïd Business School, and an editor of the report.

Link between wellbeing and productivity is made ‘clear’

Financial Times

The good news, says William Fleming, research fellow at Oxford university’s Wellbeing Research Centre, is that there is a “clear link between subjective wellbeing and productivity”.

He points to two recent studies that show happier workers make more sales, and wellbeing at work can boost financial performance. They support the business case for tending to staff happiness, he argues. “This is without considering absence rates because of mental health and costs of employee turnover.”

Companies reap bigger dividends from happier staff

Financial Times

For academics Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and George Ward at the University of Oxford, and Micah Kaats at Harvard University, it is no surprise, then, that the company’s share price has performed so strongly: their recent study provides the clearest link yet between staff wellbeing and financial performance in quoted US companies. “We find that higher levels of wellbeing generally predict higher firm valuations, higher return on assets, higher gross profits, and better stock market performance,” they write in a 42-page paper.

Teacher Well-Being Depends on Workload, School Climate and Feeling Supported


Researchers from the University of Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre developed a framework that divides teacher well-being into three main factors: job satisfaction, individual elements like physical health, and school-level drivers like work-life balance and class size.

Select Committee on Happiness and Public Policy Outcomes

A generation adrift: Why young people are less happy and what we can do about it

World Economic Forum

In the “seven ages of man” depicted in As You Like It, Shakespeare painted later life stages as melancholic, but the latest World Happiness Report unveils a concerning reality: young people worldwide now report lower happiness levels than their elders. Since 2006, levels of reported youth happiness have declined in North America, South America, Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

The chart that shows how happy you are, just as long as you’re old enough

The Age

Now for the bad news: despite all our advantages, Australia’s average life satisfaction score has declined over the past decade, and the trend started before the pandemic. On the report’s measure, happiness in Australia last peaked in 2013.

The downward trend has been driven by gloomier young people. Between 2010 and 2023 the decline in average life satisfaction scores among Australians aged under-30 was nearly double that of older age groups. While over-60s in Australia were ranked 9th in the world for happiness this year, that fell to 19th for under-30s. Happiness among younger age cohorts also fell markedly in the US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand.

Why Aren’t Today’s Youth Happy?

Psychology Today

In many parts of the world, younger folks are happier than the old. But in the U.S. the opposite is true. Happiness has plummeted so much for the young over the recent past that they are now much less happy than the older generations.

The U.S. ranked number 10 in happiness for folks 60 or older but a startling number 62 for those under 30.

Europeans have more time, Americans more money. Which is better?

Financial Times

But few Americans win the big prizes. Many others end up overworked and unhappy, albeit in big houses and cars. In the latest World Happiness Report — a partnership between Gallup, the Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre and the UN — the US finished 23rd for self-reported happiness. Nordic countries took the top spots.

As the Swedish political scientist Bo Rothstein observed: “It is now clear that, from the many societal models that have been tried since the breakthrough of industrialism, social research can point to a winner in terms of human wellbeing and this is the Nordic model.”

Global study highlights critical importance of teacher wellbeing

The Educator Australia

“As we navigate the crucial intersection of education and wellbeing, the research evidence highlights the profound importance of prioritising teacher wellbeing,” Dr Laura Taylor, Deputy Director of the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford and Lead Researcher for the project, said.

“By investing in the health and happiness of educators, we not only empower them to thrive but also lay the foundation for a positive ripple effect on students, schools, and the broader education system.”