The Global Flourishing Study
Tyler J. VanderWeele: In order to make more substantial improvements to the well-being of our world, it is critical that we have the data to measure it. That is why we at the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University have spent the past year and a half collaborating with Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and with Gallup, to plan a study to assess well-being in countries across the globe. Our aim is to establish a cohort study consisting of 300,000 individuals, in 22 geographically and culturally diverse countries, representing 72 percent of the world’s population, nationally representative within each country, with at least five waves of annual panel longitudinal data. This study, if ultimately funded, would be unprecedented in its ability to offer insights into the determinants and consequences of well-being world-wide. It would enable us to better understand what causes high levels of well-being, and what detracts most from human flourishing, in ways that are not currently possible.