Politics

Governments and politicians have enormous influence over our lives, yet around the world there has been a marked reduction of trust in both, leading to polarisation and a decline in democratic institutions and values. How can we restore trust, make the political process more effective for citizens and at the same time enhance citizen’s wellbeing? In this chapter we consider why politics is important for wellbeing, why wellbeing research can make a difference to politics and the way it is conducted, and how politics could be changed for the better if positive psychology principles were adopted. We end the chapter by considering the role that governments, communities and individuals might play in creating more a positive political process and system.

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