This book is about hope and a call to action to make the world the kind of place we want to live in. Our hope is to provoke conversation, and gently challenge possibly long-held views, beliefs, and ideologies about the way the world works and the people in that world.
Written by eminent researchers and experienced practitioners, the book explores the principles that underpin living well, and gives examples of how this can be achieved not just in our own lives, but across communities and the planet we share. Chapters cover the stages of life from childhood to ageing, the foundations of everyday flourishing, including health and relationships, and finally wellbeing in the wider world, addressing issues such as economics, politics and the environment. Based in the scientific evidence of what works and supported by illustrations of good practice, this book is both ambitious and aspirational.
The book is designed for a wide audience - anyone seeking to create positive change in the world, their institutions or communities.
Authors: Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Dóra Guðmundsdóttir, Felicia Huppert, Vanessa King, David Roffey, Sue Roffey and Marten de Vries.
This unique collective of seven authors from the United Kingdom, Australia, Iceland and the Netherlands are a mix of distinguished academics, positive psychology researchers and practitioners, authors and authorities in their respective fields.
Part A: Introduction; Foundations for a brighter future; Part B: What makes for a good life?; 1. Childhood; 2. Education; 3. Work; 4. Ageing; Part C: The foundations of everyday flourishing; 5. Relationships; 6. Health; 7. Community; 8. Leisure; Part D: The world around us; 9. Media; 10. Society; 11. Economics; 12. Politics; 13. Environment; Part E: Conclusion; Making Choices for a Brighter Future