What is the Global Happiness Council?

The Global Happiness Council (GHC) is a new global network of leading academic specialists in happiness and key practitioners in areas ranging from psychology, economics, urban planning, civil society, business and government. The GHC identifies best practices at the national and local levels to encourage advancement of the causes of happiness and well-being.

Council members oversee the work of six thematic groups (education, workplace, personal happiness, public health, city design and management) who each produce a chapter of policy recommendations in the Global Happiness Policy Report, published annually and presented at the World Government Summit (WGS) in support the Global Dialogue for Happiness. This report provides evidence and policy advice to participating governments on best practices to promote happiness and well-being.

The work of the Council will be complementary to the World Happiness Reports and other research on the measurement and explanation of happiness. The aim of the GHC is to survey and share best practice policies drawn from the research literature and government experiences around the globe.

Council Members

  • Ahmad Alshugairi

    Ahmad Alshugairi

  • Aisha Bin Bishr

    Aisha Bin Bishr

  • Alejandro Adler

    Alejandro Adler

  • Dasho Karma Ura

    Dasho Karma Ura

  • Ed Diener

    Ed Diener

  • Gus O'Donnell

    Gus O'Donnell

  • Irina Bokova

    Irina Bokova

  • Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

    Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

  • Jeffrey Sachs

    Jeffrey Sachs

  • John F. Helliwell

    John F. Helliwell

  • Lise Kingo

    Lise Kingo

  • Martin E. P. Seligman

    Martin E. P. Seligman

  • Martine Durand

    Martine Durand

  • Richard Layard

    Richard Layard

  • Sonja Lyubomirsky

    Sonja Lyubomirsky

Committee Members

  • Ali al-Azzawi

    Ali al-Azzawi

  • Amy Blankson

    Amy Blankson

  • Andrew Clark

    Andrew Clark

  • Ashley Whillans

    Ashley Whillans

  • Carlo Ratti

    Carlo Ratti

  • Carolyn Webster-Stratton

    Carolyn Webster-Stratton

  • Cary Cooper

    Cary Cooper

  • Charles Montgomery

    Charles Montgomery

  • Christian Krekel

    Christian Krekel

  • David Halpern

    David Halpern

  • Enrico Giovannini

    Enrico Giovannini

  • George Ward

    George Ward

  • Ger Baron

    Ger Baron

  • Harry Reis

    Harry Reis

  • Jennifer Moss

    Jennifer Moss

  • Joar Vittersø

    Joar Vittersø

  • Laura Chinchilla Miranda

    Laura Chinchilla Miranda

  • Lea Waters

    Lea Waters

  • Mariano Rojas

    Mariano Rojas

  • Mauricio Rodas

    Mauricio Rodas

  • Michael I. Norton

    Michael I. Norton

  • Paul Litchfield

    Paul Litchfield

  • Sarah Fleche

    Sarah Fleche

  • Scott Cain

    Scott Cain