Humanity has been obsessed with the quest for happiness since ancient times, but never in such formal terms as in recent years. It's widely accepted that wealth is no guarantee for happiness or emotional well-being, nor a protection from illnesses like depression.
In an increasingly affluent but correspondingly unhappy modern world, happiness research is attracting unprecedented interest and funding from governments and private institutions.
Some of the latest findings will be presented at the third International Conference on Gross National Happiness, which opens today in Bangkok.
Presenter - Xiaoning Mo Speaker - Dr Amara Pongsapich, director of the Centre for the Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; Dr Peter Hershock, coordinator of the Asian Studies Development Program, East West Centre, Hawai
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