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Round Table | World Happiness Day

20 Mar from 14:00 to 17:00
Auditório 2

What do we mean when we talk about happiness?  

Nowadays Happiness is in vogue, with the first International Happiness Day, which was instigated by the United Nations in 2012, being celebrated in 2013. In its resolution, which was passed unanimously, the UN General Assembly stressed that "the quest for happiness is one of the fundamental objectives of human beings", and urged countries to concentrate their efforts on finding robust and reliable indicators for measuring the quality of life and well-being of the population, in order to counteract GDP (Gross Domestic Product) with FIB (Gross Domestic Happiness). The purpose of this round table is to understand why the Portuguese "score themselves" as being less happy than most Europeans. Are we really less happy, or is this a statistical "illusion"?


David Machado – ISEG alumnus in Economics, who wrote a book entitled "The Average Happiness Index", for which he received the EU Literature Prize in 2015.

Rui Brites – Professor at ISEG. PhD degree in Sociology and researcher in Happiness and Welfare. 

Luís Nazaré – Manager, University Professor in the areas of Strategy and Leadership, and Politician; Economics Journalist for the Jornal de Negócios; Chairman of the General Assembly of Sport Lisboa e Benfica; Chairman of the General Assembly of the parish of Alvalade, in Lisbon. 

João Gil – Guitarist and composer and one of the founders of Trovante and Ala dos Namorados (musical groups).

Moderator – Fernanda Freitas – National Ambassador for the European Year against Poverty and Social Exclusion – 2010; National Chairwoman of the European Year of Volunteering – 2011; Ambassador of the European Year of Active Aging and Solidarity between Generations – 2012; Ambassador of the Portugal Movement "I am Portugal" ( Portugal sou Eu); Order of Civil Merit, 2013. Volunteer in paediatric hospitals. Mother for the last 20 years; Founder and Director of the communication and contents management firm, Eixo Norte Sul.  

Free entrance, subject to pre-enrolment:

Organization – Filomena Ferreira – Advisor to the Dean's Office of ISEG for Public Relations and Internationalisation; Head of Social Responsibly and Culture at ISEG.

Poster (pdf)