Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better life. But how do we pursue it for ourselves and our communities? We draw on the latest and best work on everything from public policy and economics to psychology and philosophy to tackle these questions and start a new conversation about our ultimate aims as a society. We welcome your ideas.

The secret to happiness

How much control do you really have over your happiness, and how effectively are you pursuing it? American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks distills 40 years of social science research into a surprising set of answers.

Tell us what inspires you

Are you creating value in your life or in the lives of other people? Do you know someone who is earning his or her success in spite of dispiriting odds? Submit your story here to share your inspiration.

What creates happiness for you?