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Happy by decree: Ecuador's 'well-being' chief works to raise contentment

QUITO, Ecuador �� For decades, Freddy Ehlers has been ubiquitous in this small Andean nation. He's been a television star for more than 30 years, the minister of tourism, the secretary general of the Andean Community and a two-time presidential candidate. Now, at 69, Ehlers is embarking on what might be his most ambitious job yet: making the country happier. Since 2013, Ehlers has been the State Secretary of Buen Vivir, which roughly translates to "good living" or, as he prefers, "well-being." With a staff of 30, a $2 million annual budget and a direct line to President Rafael Correa, Ehlers has the task of trying to increase the nation's...

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