A sense of belonging is what drives well-being—and it’s disappearing

Our social connectedness drives our happiness; after more than a year of social isolation, there’s a clear opportunity for brands that can build belonging. BY SEBASTIAN BUCK AND BRIAN HARDWICK The most striking revelation from an 80-year Harvard study of health and aging is that close relationships are what keep people happy throughout their lives, and these relationships with family, friends, and community delay mental and physical decline. These social ties are better predictors of our happiness and longevity than social class, IQ, or genetics. Last year, our company, Enso, helped the large job website Indeed design research into how people thrive at work; … Continue reading A sense of belonging is what drives well-being—and it’s disappearing

Democracy is sentimental

Reason and facts cannot be the basis of political debates and civic life. Love and laughter are the heart of the matter by Elizabeth Cantalamessa is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Miami and has published on topics such as US copyright law, political speech, and the social value of disagreement. Edited by Sam Dresser Something is amiss with democracy. Ask people from any or no political persuasion and they’re likely to give a similar story: contemporary politics has gone haywire because one side (or both) has lost touch with reality. We are living in a ‘post-truth’ … Continue reading Democracy is sentimental