Three big questions happiness scholars ask about elections: does voter happiness influence voting? Does happiness get serious attention in manifestos? What should governments actually do about happiness?
Should we be excited about the new Ministry of Happiness in United Arab Emirates? If we are supportive, how can we link that support with effective ways of persuading UAE’s authoritarian and conservative regime to become kinder and to take justice, dignity, and human rights seriously?
The World Happiness Reports are becoming some of the most important global evaluative documents. Since they remain inevitably number-fixated, are there ways of making the statistical analysis of happiness at national and global levels more interesting and persuasive, without resorting to implausible claims about causality?