SOC 321 The Happy Society

We will explore what makes for a happy life for individuals, and what makes for happiness in society. Aristotle claimed that happiness is the aim of life. Modern social science finds many practices, especially those that connect us to others, make us grateful for what we have, and through which we can do meaningful work, tend to make us happy. At the macro level, some widespread practices make some societies happier than others, even apart from how rich they are. We will not only study about these practices, but also engage in a group service project to test these ideas in reality.