Today Jo Swinson, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Wellbeing Economics, welcomed the launch of ‘Action for Happiness’ and called on the Government to provide a ‘framework for wellbeing’.
Action for Happiness is charity aimed at encouraging a shift to a happier society, by being a hub of trusted information, practical advice and exchange of new ideas. It is led by experts across a range of fields, including Professor Richard Layard, Dr Anthony Seldon and Nic Marks.
The aims of Action for Happiness fit well with those of the APPG on Wellbeing Economics, a cross-party group of MPs who have been pressing the Government to think more about how its policies affect people’s satisfaction with their lives.
“Happiness in this country has barely risen for decades, in fact, by some measures, it has declined; however, we can do something about it.
“The Government is starting to take action, by asking the ONS to measure National Wellbeing; now, both MPs and ordinary voters need to keep the pressure up to ensure that it uses the data from these surveys to inform policy-making.
“Action for Happiness can also help to collate research to provide information for individuals about what they can do to improve their wellbeing – research shows helping a neighbour in need, giving to charity or volunteering can all make a real difference.”
- The website of Action for Happiness can be found here:http://actionforhappiness.org
- The website of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics can be found here: http://wellbeingeconomics.wordpress.com.
- Jo Swinson has raised wellbeing in Parliament, in the media and beyond on a number of occasions, including securing a debate with the Treasuryhttp://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm071129/debtext/71129-0003.htm#07112971000025 and highlighting the cost of depression to the UK economy. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/suicide-and-depression-on-rise-across-uk-2137052.html