The Origins of Happiness
The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course
Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee & George Ward With a new preface by the authors


A new perspective on life satisfaction and well-being over the life course

What makes people happy? The Origins of Happiness seeks to revolutionize how we think about human priorities and to promote public policy changes that are based on what really matters to people. Drawing on a range of evidence using large-scale data from various countries, the authors consider the key factors that affect human well-being, including income, education, employment, family conflict, health, childcare, and crime. The Origins of Happiness offers a groundbreaking new vision for how we might become more healthy, happy, and whole.

Andrew E. Clark is at the Paris School of Economics. Sarah Flèche is at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics. Richard Layard is at the London School of Economics. Nattavudh Powdthavee is at Warwick Business School. George Ward is at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.