Thinking Aloud

The serious business of national happiness

Amid a slew of efforts to boost well-being, Singapore could benefit from having a set of aspirational goals or values

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern romped to a massive election win last month, many cited factors such as her charisma, competence and success in tackling Covid-19.

But well before the pandemic, she had built a reputation for policy innovations such as New Zealand's "Well-being Budget", launched last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2020, with the headline 'The serious business of national happiness'. Subscribe