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You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Albert Camus
If Albert Camus is right, I have little chance of being happy as searching for what happiness consists of is exactly what I decided to do in 2010 when I joined Ruut Veenhoven, one of the world leaders in the field of happiness research at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Since then, always digging in the World Database of Happiness, I investigate the societal and cultural factors that influence people’s happiness as well as the way people answer to questions related to happiness in nations, regions and cultures.
My main fields of interests are the links between happiness and
• Hierarchy
• Education
• Family structures
• Freedom (social, potential, psychological)
I am also very interested in studying the response styles, i.e. the different ways of responding to happiness questions in different cultures and nations. The different happiness items seem to be different in various nations; hence happiness seems to largely polymorphic and I’m interested in studying the different shapes of happiness all around the world.
I m interested in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of happiness and my dream would be to combine both in order to understand the respective contributions of societal and cultural factors, the way they influence each other.

Le bonheur est-il une femme?

Le bonheur est-il une femme ? C’est du moins ce qu’affirmait Nietzsche  dans ‘Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra’, poème philosophique dans lequel il écrivait : “Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra. Et il attendit son malheur toute la nuit : mais il attendit en vain. La nuit resta … Continue reading

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Le paradoxe du choix et de la satisfaction (Fabrique Spinoza)

Le paradoxe du choix et de la satisfaction La multiplication des choix consacre l’idée d’épanouissement: avoir plus de choix permet d’avoir la liberté de choisir. Acception pleine de bon sens, et pourtant différentes études tendent à montrer que l’augmentation des … Continue reading

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Du bonheur à la gaîté lyrique

En ce moment à la gaîté lyrique se déroule l’exposition intitulée ‘The Happy Show’. Réalisée par l’artiste autrichien Stefan Sagmeister, cette exposition sur le thème du bonheur vaut la visite à bien des détours. Tout d’abord, les explications sont écrites … Continue reading

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Le marketing Converse ou l’injonction à la jouissance

Les dernières réclames de Converse méritent qu’on s’y attarde à bien des égards. Tout d’abord le slogan ‘Shoes are boring, wear Sneakers’. Le sneaker, chaussure sport pouvant se porter comme chaussure de ville, souvent accompagné d’un jeans, tend à donner … Continue reading

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Interview Fabrique Spinoza

http://fabriquespinoza.fr/actualites/interview-n3-gael-brule-directeur-scientifique/ Gaël Brulé a rejoint la Fabrique Spinoza, dès l’origine de l’aventure. Il a très vite joué un rôle majeur au sein de notre think tank en tant que Directeur Scientifique. Les recherches qu’il mène actuellement en sociologie du bien-être permettent à … Continue reading

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The happiness of Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands

An article read on talkinbusiness about happiness research in the Netherlands around leading scholars such as Ruut Veenhoven.  Visiting SBE scholars Devrim Dumludag and Özge Gokdemir on 10 June 2013 presented a video about their research project on “The happiness … Continue reading

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Veenhoven-Evidence based pursuit of happiness

Ruut Veenhovens’ reflexions: Why pursue happiness? Is happiness knowable? Can happiness be defined? Can happiness be measured? Can causes of happiness be identified? State of knowledge about happiness What we should know What we do know What we can get … Continue reading

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