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?
The ‘happiness lens’ is a way of steering attention towards benign forms of importance in people’s lives – i.e. towards what people ultimately want, enjoy, and value. What other evaluative ‘lenses’ should we be deliberately using and how do they relate to the happiness lens?
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?