Exploring language and human flourishing

Exploring language and human flourishing

by Stephen Watters and Johannes Merz

Human flourishing is a frequent topic in the popular and academic literature, along with the annual surveys and reports that rank the happiest nations on earth.

The king of Bhutan famously described the goal for his country as pursuing Gross National Happiness (over and above Gross National Product).

Many disciplines have their own matrices by which to study human flourishing each with their own foci: health, feelings of happiness, brain activity when we’re happy, economic prosperity, an absence of corruption, meaning and purpose, a clean environment, and religious involvement to name but a few.

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