Tonight – Derek Bok discusses The Politics of Happiness at the Princeton Club of New York

The Princeton Club New York will host an evening with Derek Bok on April 15th. Join Dr. Bok at 6:30 PM for a discussion of his new book The Politics of Happiness. Details are below, or you can visit the Princeton Club New York’s site and read their membership newsletter.


There have been numerous isolated happiness studies in recent years from economists, sociologists, and political scientists, but no one has brought this research together and asked how the findings can be useful to government. In The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being former Harvard president Derek Bok undertakes exactly this mission. Mr. Bok reveals that most Americans don’t really know what makes them happy, so correctly identifying what will make us happy is the first step. Then, Mr. Bok discusses the political policies that make the most sense. For example, if families make us happier, then it follows that the government should support family-friendly policies like extended paid maternity leave and marriage counseling. Mr. Bok also undertakes serious questions about the accuracy of happiness research and whether happiness is substantial enough to be a goal of government.


April 15, 2010, 6:30 PM

15 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036