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Thrive - book cover

Programme Overview

[photo: Richard Layard] The programme director is Professor Lord Richard Layard.
Room: 32L 2.13
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7048,
People want to be happy. But do we know what makes us happy, or how society is best organised to promote happiness?

The Wellbeing Programme was founded in 2003 when Richard Layard gave his public lectures on "Happiness: Has social science a clue?" His book on Happiness then followed. The programme has expanded and now includes three main strands:

The Wellbeing Programme is also responsible for bringing together the members of the Mental Health Policy Group.

New book published


THRIVE: the power of evidence-based psychological therapies

Published by Allen Lane / Penguin, July 2014
ISBN: 9781846146053 | £20.00

A ground-breaking argument for better treatment of mental health from Richard Layard (author of Happiness) and David M. Clark.

Britain has become a world leader in providing psychological therapies thanks to the work of Richard Layard and David Clark. But, even so, in Britain and worldwide the majority of people who need help still don't get treatment. This is both unjust and a false economy. This book argues for change.

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Report calls for wellbeing to be at the heart of public policy design.

An independent commission chaired by Gus O'Donnell, with Richard Layard, Angus Deaton, Martine Durand and David Halpern as its members, proposes a radical reform of public policy-making... [more]

Legatum Report

World Happiness Report 2013

Second Happiness Report Calls on Policymakers to Make Happiness Key Measure and Target of Development
The World Happiness Report 2013, co-edited by Richard Layard, John Helliwell and Jeffrey Sachs, was launched on Monday 9 September ( It is published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), under the auspices of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.