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Aug 13, 2019

According to the 2018 World Happiness Report, the world’s happiest countries tend to have high values for six critical variables found to support well-being: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. Denmark is consistently among the top 3, while the USA are slipping down the rankings.

So what is happiness? What are the important factors for governments to take into consideration when working to increase happiness and quality of life among their populations? How are health and happiness related? What does it take to design healthcare systems that make people happy?

Moderated by Andrew Rubin, Vice President at the Medical Center for Clinical Affairs and Ambulatory Affairs at NYU Langone Health.


Jeffrey Sachs: Director at Center for Sustainable Development at The Earth Institute, University Professor at Columbia University, and Director at The Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Jeffrey Sachs has written hundreds of academic articles and several books, including three New York Times bestsellers.

Meik Wiking: CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and bestselling author of The Little Book of Hygge and The Little Book of Lykke, Meik has written extensively on happiness, subjective well-being and quality of life.

Catalina Cernica: CEO of the Health & Happiness Research Foundation. Catalina is working for the adoption of happiness measures in healthcare systems. She was recognised as European Patient Champion at eyeforpharma 2019 for her work on the first ever World Psoriasis Happiness Report.
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