Leeds Beckett University researchers ask what makes us happy

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UNIVERSITY academics are getting ready to tackle a big question: What makes people happy?

Researchers from Leeds Beckett University are part of a national research project to understand what makes people feel good.

The Leeds Beckett team will be working on one of four research programmes, run by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, together with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which aim to understand what really works in improving the wellbeing of people in the UK.

The researchers, including Leeds Beckett’s Professor of Healthy Communities, Jane South, will form a national team, investigating what makes local communities happy places to live.

During the course of the three-year project, the researchers will be holding events in Leeds which investigate what “wellbeing means to communities” and looking for academic evidence to understand more about what works for community wellbeing.

Prof Jane South said: “It is great news to be part of this high profile research project which is focused on the part communities play in wellbeing and will have a direct impact on how national and local policy is made. It’s important for public policy that we get much better evidence about what makes us happy and able to function well in addition to what makes us wealthy or live longer.

“Within our research Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Leeds Beckett University we have a range of expertise about what contributes to healthy and flourishing communities.

“We’re really looking forward to building on this by engaging with more members of the public, professionals and other academics to understand what works for wellbeing.”