7f. Adopt lifestyles that emphasise the quality of life and material sufficiency in a finite world.

Photo: The Happy City Initiative

The world needs a new story - less stuff for stuff's sake, and more life for life's sake.

We set up the Happy City Initiative to show that being happy needn't cost the earth.

Liz Zeidler, Director, The Happy City Initiative

Our Happiness At Work survey tools are the perfect primer for engaging staff with the kind of strategies offered by the Work Happy Programme.

Nic Marks, Founder, Centre for Wellbeing, New Economics Foundation

Less stuff for stuff's sake, and more life for life's sake

The Happy City Initiative was launched in 2010 to help people discover the society they can create when the shared goal is greater happiness for people and the planet. It helps people re-set goals according to what matters in life, provides tools to get there and offers ways to measure progress that bring lasting value to people and planet.

The Work Happy Programme re-defines business thinking about prosperity, inspiring enterprising behaviour to promote quality of life in and out of work.

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7 and G8 summits. NEF aims to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues, working in partnerships that put people and the planet first.

7. Adopt patterns of production, consumption, and reproduction that safeguard Earth's regenerative capacities, human rights, and community well-being.