Can government improve our happiness? Can it at least measure how happy the people of a nation are and work toward improving it? The idea is being implemented, but not as some strange leftist diversion. The Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, has been interested in the idea since he first ran for the leadership of the Tory (Conservative) Party in 2005 and has elaborated on it several times. Now that he is the leader of Britain he has charged the Office of National Statistics to formulate the questions necessary to judge just how happy the British people are.
The “Wellbeing Project” is expected to report by 2012. The debate on the project’s importance has, naturally, already started.