Attesting to the universal importance of well-being, 300 delegates from 20 countries convened at UniSIM on 31 October and 1 November 2016 for the inaugural International Conference on Well-being (ICWB).
Organised by the School of Arts & Social Sciences, the ICWB featured world-renowned psychologist Professor Ed Diener, aka "Dr. Happiness", as its keynote speaker. Participants explored a vast array of topics pertaining to well-being at the individual and societal levels, ranging from the promotion of spiritual happiness to the meaning of well-being across cultures.
Local perspectives on well-being were provided by government bodies, NGOs and tertiary institutions. They delved into the Singaporean definitions of happiness, civic engagement and well-being, and the implications of these on public policy. As Professor Cheong Hee Kiat pointed out in his welcome address, Singapore is an affluent but highly-stressed society, and the ICWB might have provided some insights into resolving this apparent income-happiness paradox.