Session 3. - Overview


This session, we will be introducing you to the ‘Science of Needs,’ our globally unique scientific framework to address the contributing factors for happiness in our city. All programs and projects under the Happiness Agenda are designed to address these needs for our residents and visitors. This session we will also ask you to begin gathering a list of activities that you are already working on in your entity that promote the happiness of your employees and customers. Some might be obvious — others might come as a surprise!

You will be given a short overview of the four ‘needs’ that the Happiness Agenda addresses: Affective, Basic, Cognitive and Deeper. These needs are strongly rooted in a rich academic tradition of the psychology of happiness, but we will try to avoid overly academic language. If you want to dig deeper, let us know: we are happy to point you to the source material.