Although how people define happiness is subjective, the pandemic has forced many to take a step back and review some of the simpler things in life. In the article, Dr Anderson wrote: “The separation from friends and family, from our workplaces and from public life may have sparked a shift towards a more social, outward-facing view of wellbeing. Many people have felt the insecurity of losing jobs or income, perhaps for the first time. Alongside our reliance on key workers, our interdependence has become hard to ignore.
“So as the world returns to shopping, travelling and consuming, we return also to growing food insecurity, unemployment and debt. In the face of this, it is perhaps more important now than ever that the mutual aid groups, renewed sense of community and activism, and more outward-looking version of wellbeing continues and thrives.”
Dr Anderson’s research collaborator at the university, Dr Lea, recently followed up her colleague’s article with an appearance on TRT World’s ‘Roundtable’ programme in a discussion on ‘what makes us happy?’.