Happiness, Well-being and Sustainability: A Course in Systems Change is the first textbook bridging the gap between personal happiness and sustainable social change. The book provides a guide for students to increase their skills, literacy and knowledge about connections between a sense of well-being and systems change. Further, it can help students live a life that brings them happiness and contributes to the well-being of others and the sustainability of our planet.
The book is presented in seven chapters covering the subjects of systems thinking, personal and societal values, measuring happiness, human needs, ecological sustainability and public policy. In addition, each section includes engaging exercises to empower students to develop their own ideas, prompts for group discussion, suggestions for additional research and an extensive list of resources and references. The book is written in the context of systems thinking with a style that is approachable and accessible.
Happiness, Well-being and Sustainability provides essential reading for students in courses on happiness, social change and sustainability studies, and provides a comprehensive framework for instructors looking to initiate courses in this field.
A website to support the professors teaching the book is available at: https://www.happycounts.org/coursebook.html
The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.”
Introduction 1. Systems 2. Values 3. Measuring happiness 4. Individual happiness 5. Needs 6. Sustainability 7. Policy Closing: Your future, our future
"Happiness, Well-Being, and Sustainability is the first text book aimed at teaching students the new science of happiness and well-being measurement and to think of it in the context of making positive – and sustainable – changes to society. It provides extensive and robust evidence of the theory and metrics underlying the well-being approach, and at the same time links it to those of systemic change. It provides students with lessons on how to be agents of their own destiny, and to use that agency to contribute to the well-being and sustainability of their societies. The authors make their broad objective very eloquently in the introduction by quoting Ghandi: "be the change you wish to see in the world." It is a refreshing and accessible volume that will provide the next generation with better tools to navigate and improve their collective futures." – Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, College Park Professor, University of Maryland
"I am speaking today with a group of high-school students exploring ways to create a sustainably happier world. I so wish this book was already here to assist their project. They will learn, I hope, and as the book illustrates, that authentic happiness arises most readily when people work with each other, and not against others, to deliver a better world for generations to come." – John Helliwell, Professor at Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia, co-editor, World Happiness Report
"The book's practical focus on individual development, coupled with suggestions on how to influence society, makes this book unique as a textbook in an academic institution. It is not just a knowledge-sharing book, it is a practical book for action and influence […] The book also lives well outside of educational institutions. It serves as an excellent introduction for the interested reader who is unsure of what one can do, and who is important for the global climate challenge we face."– Bjørn Z. Ekelund, Senior Consultant and Chairman of the Board at Human Factors AS, Norway, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy, Simon Fraser University, Canada.