Happy Days are ‘Not’ Here!

Economic and Political Weekly 52(19):24-27, 2017

4 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2018

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Anant Kumar

Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi; University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Gillings School of Global Public Health

K Rajasekharan Nayar

Global Institute of Public Health and Santhigiri Research Foundation

Muhammed Shaffi

Global Institute of Public Health, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India; Health Systems Research India Initiative

Chitra Grace A

Global Institute of Public Health

Lekha Bhat

Mizoram University

Date Written: May 13, 2017

Abstract

The interest to create happiness in a gloomy world riddled with crises and turmoil appears to be the new agenda of international organisations. The artificial creation and representation of happiness from sample surveys could be problematic as it may not lead to genuine expression, but could lead to ignoring the larger structural and social determinants of health, well-being and happiness.

Keywords: Happiness, Happiness Index, Social determinants of health

Suggested Citation

Kumar, Anant and Nayar, K Rajasekharan and Shaffi, Muhammed and A, Chitra Grace and Bhat, Lekha, Happy Days are ‘Not’ Here! (May 13, 2017). Economic and Political Weekly 52(19):24-27, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3113062

Anant Kumar (Contact Author)

Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi ( email )

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K Rajasekharan Nayar

Global Institute of Public Health and Santhigiri Research Foundation ( email )

Global Institute of Public Health, Ananthapuri Hos
Thiruvananthapuram, 695024
India

Muhammed Shaffi

Global Institute of Public Health, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India ( email )

Ananthapuri Hospital
NH Bypass
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695024
India
8137001241 (Phone)

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Health Systems Research India Initiative ( email )

Mummys Lane
Kowdiar
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695003
India
8137001241 (Phone)

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Chitra Grace A

Global Institute of Public Health ( email )

Ananthapuri Hospital
NH Bypass
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695024
India

Lekha Bhat

Mizoram University ( email )

Tanhril
Aizawl
Aizawl, MI 796009
India

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