Wednesday, March 28, 2012

GDP vs HPI (Production vs Happiness)

Our Global economy is based on infinite growth,,, which sounds fantastic until you contemplate the finite planet in which we live...

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been the measuring stick for governments to determine their success and growth was meant to free the world from poverty and raise the living standard... 

Production of stuff,,, more & more disposable stuff... We work more, to earn more,,, to buy more stuff..! More work equals more stress equals monetary compensation / gain to buy more stuff, most of which we dispose of anyway... 

Quantity vs Quality... Have we forgotten what actually makes us happy..?

Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -

- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.
Nic Marks gathers evidence about what makes us happy, and uses it to promote policy that puts the well-being of people and the planet first. He's the founder of the Centre for Well-Being at the UK think tank New Economics Foundation (NEF).

1. Connect - social interaction
2. Be Active - get outside
3. Take Notice - awareness
4. Keep learning - curiosity
5. Give - generosity

Calculate your HPI

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