Promotion of Flourishing

Promotion of Flourishing

The promotion of flourishing project seeks to (i) develop and evaluate the properties of a new measure of human flourishing drawing upon happiness and life satisfaction, mental and physical health, meaning and purpose, character and virtue, and close social relationships, (ii) evaluate major determinants of flourishing thus conceived, and (iii) promote policy and research aimed at the promotion of human flourishing. The flourishing project aims to encourage the measurement and tracking of these various aspects of flourishing in workplace, medical, educational, and governmental settings. It will also gather, compare, and evaluate various philosophical and theological traditions on human flourishing and well-being, while serving as an umbrella for the other research projects of the program.

Publications on the Promotion of Flourishing

Białowolska, P., Węziak-Białowolska, D., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). The impact of savings and credit on health and health behaviours: an outcome wide longitudinal approach. International Journal of Public Health, in press.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Suffering and response: directions in empirical research. Social Science and Medicine, 224:58-66.

Li, S., Hagan, K., Grodstein, F., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Social integration and healthy aging among U.S. women. Preventive Medicine Reports, 9:144-148.

Węziak-Białowolska, D., McNeely, E., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Flourish index and secure flourish index – development and validation. Available at SSRN:

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). Discussion of: "New statistics for old? - measuring the wellbeing of the UK." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 180:38-39.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). On the promotion of human flourishing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 31:8148-8156.