Love, self-esteem, sense of achievement and security, self-acceptance and acceptance by others, collectively known as “mental goods”, are equally important as physical goods in ensuring human happiness, said Prof Ho Lok-sang at the book launch on 29 October.
While many economists and psychologists believe that satisfying physical needs is crucial in achieving happiness, the importance of mental goods has long been underestimated, if not ignored, said Prof Ho. Good public policies, therefore, should not only satisfy the people’s physical needs but also take into account their need for mental goods.
Of all the mental goods, “love” is a blessing from the heart that enables people to see the connectivity of life. Love is also what inspires Prof Ho to conduct his happiness research and write the three books, Human Spirituality and Happiness (Authorhouse, 2011); Public Policy and the Public Interest (Routledge, 2012) and Health Policy and the Public Interest (Routledge, 2013).