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Do you want to be happy?

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posted on Jun, 24 2010 @ 07:58 AM


1. Costa Rica
2. Dominican Republic
3. Jamaica
4. Guatemala
5. Viet Nam
6. Colombia
7. Cuba
8. El Salvador
9. Brazil
10. Honduras
11. Nicaragua
12. Egypt
13. Saudi Arabia
14. Philippines
15. Argentina

The HPI is based on general utilitarian principles — that most people want to live long and fulfilling lives, and the country which is doing the best is the one that allows its citizens to do so, whilst avoiding infringing on the opportunity of future people and people in other countries to do the same. In effect it operationalises the IUCN's (World Conservation Union) call for a metric capable of measuring 'the production of human well-being (not necessarily material goods) per unit of extraction of or imposition upon nature'.[3] Human well-being is operationalised as Happy Life Years.[4] Extraction of or imposition upon nature is proxied for using the ecological footprint per capita, which attempts to estimate the amount of natural resources required to sustain a given country's lifestyle. A country with a large per capita ecological footprint uses more than its fair share of resources, both by drawing resources from other countries, but also by causing permanent damage to the planet which will impact future generations.[5]

As such, the HPI is not a measure of which are the happiest countries in the world. Countries with relatively high levels of life satisfaction, as measured in surveys, are found from the very top (Colombia in 6th place) to the very bottom (the USA in 114th place) of the rank order. The HPI is best conceived as a measure of the environmental efficiency of supporting well-being in a given country. Such efficiency could emerge in a country with a medium environmental impact (e.g. Costa Rica) and very high well-being, but it could also emerge in a country with only mediocre well-being, but very low environmental impact (e.g. Vietnam).

Each country’s HPI value is a function of its average subjective life satisfaction, life expectancy at birth, and ecological footprint per capita. The exact function is a little more complex, but conceptually it approximates multiplying life satisfaction and life expectancy, and dividing that by the ecological footprint. Most of the life satisfaction data is taken from the World Values Survey and World Database of Happiness, but some is drawn from other surveys, and some is estimated using statistical regression techniques.


1. Denmark
2. Switzerland
3. Austria
4. Iceland
5. The Bahamas
6. Finland
7. Sweden
8. Bhutan
9. Brunei
10. Canada
11. Ireland
12. Luxembourg
13. Costa Rica
14. Malta
15. Netherlands

The Satisfaction with Life Index was created by Adrian G. White, an Analytic Social Psychologist at the University of Leicester, using data from a metastudy.[1] It is an attempt to show life satisfaction (subjective life satisfaction) in different nations.

In this calculation, subjective well being correlates most strongly with health (.7), wealth (.6), and access to basic education (.6). [2] [3] [4]

This is an example of directly measuring happiness -- asking people how happy they are -- as an alternative to traditional measures of policy success such as GDP or GNP. Some studies suggest that happiness can be measured effectively.

The first one, HPI, just doesn't even seem right at all. But when you understand why the results are like that, you will understand. I wouldn't consider living in Cuba over the USA as particularly happier.

posted on Jun, 24 2010 @ 08:03 AM
Damn! Why don't I feel it?

The red car wins?

Danish flag:

Swiss flag:


Funny coincidence! LOL?

Iceland is also simliar..

[edit on 24-6-2010 by cushycrux]

posted on Jun, 24 2010 @ 08:45 AM
Yes, I want to be happy...but I want to achieve Happiness by doing nothing and not being expected to do anything. Any ideas?

posted on Jun, 24 2010 @ 08:50 AM
I really do not care, having been in effect tortured by uk gov and police for 18 years, i know nothing about the word happiness.

So i care not for the word.

I notice the uk is not there on list lol.

posted on Jun, 24 2010 @ 01:01 PM
what i find weird with the happy planet index is that except for 3 countries, they are all latino.

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