Happiness Linked to Sustainability

The New Economics Foundation has released its latest Happy Planet Index, which shows the relative efficiency with which nations convert their natural resources into long and happy lives for their citizens. The more efficiently they do this, the better the score. The top 6 scorers on the Index (in order) are: Vanuatu, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Panama, and Cuba. Canada ranks 111 and the United States rates 150. Zimbabwe is at the bottom. The Christian Science Monitor has written a very insightful article about the report, pointing out that people who bike more, buy second-hand, and recycle tend to be happier than those who seek wealth, power, and fame. The article then asks the question, “Could a wrong-headed approach to seeking happiness be exacerbating some of the world’s environmental problems? And could learning to be truly content help mitigate them?”


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