Are you happy? Governments, the United Nations, and several U.S. states, now care about your well-being besides your wealth! Check out the celebration of the firts International Day of Happiness at the United Nations at this link to a South-South News TV story. I was on the panel with other academicians, civil society representatives, UN Ambassadors and UN staff. Inspiring: http://www.southsouthnews.com/Pages/SSN.aspx?nc=1&t=s&s=1&h=false&lo=false&v=2013/03/20130326054332357&vid=b23c272b-a6c2-4bfb-b54d-1041fbd95f8c&cid=&r=6594
Even though the outcome of the presidential race hangs significantly on the state of the economy and the unemployment rate, research has shown emotions often matter more to people than money.
A clue to the appeal of one psychological concept -- happiness -- occurred during the first presidential debate when a focus group's ratings spiked after Mitt Romney referred to the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Assurances about collective well-being was certainly evident in President Obama's words in New Jersey after the devastation of superstorm Sandy when he said, "We look after one another and we don't leave anyone behind."