Michael Green has created the Social Progress Index, a standard to rank societies based on how they meet the needs of citizens.




The Social Progress Imperative (SPI) is changing the way we solve the world’s most pressing challenges by redefining how the world measures success and putting the things that matter to people’s lives at the top of the agenda.

The Social Progress Index revolutionizes the solving of societal problems by enabling leaders to systematically identify and prioritize issues. The Social Progress Imperative’s network empowers leaders to convene all the right local actors, global partners, and subject-matter experts necessary to develop and deploy meaningful solutions. Together, the index and the network empower local actors to both identify shortcomings and deliver the solutions to improve them.

Martin Seligman 'Flourishing - a new understanding of wellbeing' at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Is happiness enough for a fulfilled life? What does the research say about positive psychology in the treatment and prevention of depression? Positive education, positive health and the economics of wellbeing

Why Well-Being Should Drive Growth Strategies

The 2015 Sustainable Economic Development Assessment


Government leaders increasingly speak of boosting the well-being of citizens—rather than bolstering GDP growth—as their primary mission. But the conventional yardsticks of per capita GDP and growth are too narrow to evaluate the full measure of well-being. What’s needed is a broad diagnostic tool designed specifically to help governments set priorities and formulate development strategies.


Index to Action to Impact

We provide decision-makers and everyday citizens with the very best data on the social and environmental health of their societies and help them prioritize actions that accelerate social progress.

How Governance Drives Well-Being

An Interview with Nobel Laureate A. Michael Spence

Personal well-being user guidance

Personal well-being (PWB) is part of the wider Measuring National Well-being (MNW) Programme at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which aims to provide accepted and trusted measures of the nation’s well-being. The MNW work is part of an initiative, both in the UK and internationally, to look beyond traditional headline economic growth figures to establish progress on how we are doing as individuals, as communities and as a nation, and how sustainable this is for the future. The measures include both standard objective measures, such as income and health, and people’s own views about their lives.


The Happy Planet Index 

The Happy Planet Index measures what matters: sustainable wellbeing for all. It tells us how well nations are doing at achieving long, happy, sustainable lives.

Wealthy Western countries, often seen as the standard of success, do not rank highly on the Happy Planet Index.  Instead, several countries in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region lead the way by achieving high life expectancy and wellbeing with much smaller Ecological Footprints.

The Happy Planet Index provides a compass to guide nations, and shows that it is possible to live good lives without costing the Earth.



Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness 

The Center is designed to serve as a central hub to advance science through primary research and promote collaboration among investigators from across Harvard and beyond. The Center’s scope spans multiple disciplines—including health communications, psychology, nutrition, exercise physiology, basic biology, epidemiology, and population sciences. The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness offers great potential to improve the lives and health of people everywhere.