Who (and Where) is Happy?

 

Going through a load of newspapers, magazines and websites today filtering material for the next issue of What’s Next and found this rather lovely graphic in New Scientist (16 June issue!). It shows measurement of economic success using GDP against something called the Happy Planet Index (HPI), which uses life satisfaction combined with life expectancy and ecological footprint. Personally, I’d add a few other measures such as general health, infant mortality, literacy rates, access to clean water, levels of corruption, unemployment, inflation and so on, but you have to start somewhere I suppose.

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