Lunch debate cycle on happiness and sustainability (2/4)
Caritas Luxembourg is organising a 4 lecture lunch debate cycle with Francesco Sarracino in the Big Bang room at House of Startups. Come enjoy some vegan food whilst learning about an alternative future for our society and our economic model. This is the second out of a four lecture cycle by Francesco Sarracino, a happiness economist and researcher.
2. Consumption and well-being
Consumption has a leading role in people’s lives. Its decrease is as important for sustainability as it is unpopular. In this seminar, we will discuss the role of money for well-being, and some of the drivers of consumption. We will also discuss why unhappiness, poor health, loneliness, stress, long working hours have become the characteristic features of modern, affluent societies. Various examples and evidence from empirical studies will illustrate defensive growth mechanisms in developed and developing countries. Understanding the causes of modern consumption and its relation with our well-being is the first step towards socially and environmentally sustainable societies.