This is a time to explore new routes. The economic development over de past decades has brought us material wealth, but has hit some important limits. Limits posed by the global climate, by financial instability, by rising inequality and last but not least by the diminishing returns in happiness from additional GDP growth. Other values are on the rise. The new science of happiness has improved our understanding of what makes people happy and has indicated new routes towards happier people and a happier society. It’s time we rethink some of the beliefs we have taken for granted the past decades.