May 27, 2012 · 4:00 PM
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Money Isn’t Everything.
Aristotle and Buddha must have been smiling last month when a UN expert panel called on all countries to adopt a very different measure of humanity oriented towards subjective wellbeing rather than the GDP. Canada was ranked the 5th happiest country in the world based on factors that transcend money and politics such as family and friends, good health, material sufficiency, freedom and the pleasure of living in a trustworthy society. ‘The GDP provides us with information on everything except for that which makes life worthwhile’. Robert Kennedy, 1988
What factors do you think contribute to sustainable wellbeing in a society? How do you think the developing nations which scored badly on the Happiness Report, can attain these goals? Do you think that happiness can be objectively measured? What type of political system do you think is most likely to achieve wellbeing for its citizens? Can you give examples? Can human goals for wellbeing also bring about environmental amelioration and political stability? Would these goals differ in different cultures, or are they universal?
The list of the top 21 countries in the Happiness Report as well as an excellent TED talk on the topic will be posted at the site under Discusions-Message Board
Come and join a lively discussion on May 27th