Christina Asquith, The UK Asks, How Happy Are Its Citizens?, The Solutions Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, May 2012, Pages 11-12 ( Abstract: In 2010 Britain’s conservative government announced the development of a happiness index to measure progress and track the nation’s well-being. The project—the first of its kind in the UK—is intended to inform civil servants as to what makes people happy, and then aid them in considering happiness when forming public policy. Early study results have shown that efforts are needed to reduce loneliness, improve work-family balance, enhance public spaces, strengthen relationships, and staunch a growing culture of consumerism. Former head of the British Civil Service, Gus O’Donnell, tapped by the Prime Minister to lead this effort, talks with Solutions about how it is going so far. The British aren't exactly known for their sunny disposition. How has the effort to integrate happiness into policy gone over with the population? The prime minister’s made it very clear that he thinks there’s a lot more to life than just economic growth. Most recently, he launched in … Topics: Community; Governance; Social Capital