01 May '11, 2pm

Defining and Measuring Happiness - - #opinion

I encourage you to read John Tierney’s article, “How Happy Are You? In a Boston Suburb, It’s a Census Question .” Here’s the nut of the story, which speaks of an interesting effort in Somerville, Mass., to follow the lead of Bhutan and other countries testing new ways to gauge progress: Officials here want this Boston suburb to become the first city in the United States to systematically track people’s happiness. Like leaders in Britain, France and a few other places, they want to move beyond the traditional measures of success — economic growth — to promote policies that produce more than just material well-being. There are plenty of issues, of course, as I’ve noted ever since 2005, when I first wrote about Bhutan’s experiment with “gross national happiness.” Does simply asking people if they’re happy on a survey gauge anything meaningful? Not likely. One question, as I w...

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motherearthnews.com 30 Apr '11, 4pm

There’s no doubt that the U.S. culture is famous for its promises of happiness. As age-old as the idea of the “American dr...