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Legatum Prosperity Index 2013 lThe World's Happiest (And Saddest) Countries, 2013

30 October 2013 | economic dev, global index, happiness, indicators, trust, wealth, well-being

Are you better off than you were five years ago? Is the world? The Legatum Institute seeks answers with its 2013 Prosperity Index. Everywhere you look in this world there are signs of instability,...

Spread a little happiness - Happy Barometer

29 October 2013 | barometer, happiness, initiative, urban governance

When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you. This motto made famous when sung by Louis Armstrong captures the spirit behind the Happy barometer and social campaign "Smile for Vilnius".  Why...

Well-Being l Are Britons really more happy than in 2012?

24 October 2013 | europe, happiness, key-findings, methodology, nat statistical offices, well-being

The latest data on personal wellbeing in the UK shows anxiety levels have dropped. What is happening to life satisfaction and how does it vary across the country? Each year, the Office for National...

World's happiest nations are...World Happiness 2013

10 September 2013 | annual report, global index, happiness, happiness measures, sustainable dev, well-being

NEW YORK, NY, Sept 9th: As heads of state get ready for the United Nations General Assembly in two weeks, the second World Happiness Report further strengthens the case that well-being should be a...

Dicussion l Do official measures of happiness take all relevant factors into account?

12 August 2013 | alternative indicators, happiness, indicators, online debate, well-being, well-being measurements

LONDON -- "UK population's happiness is on the up," trumpeted a headline in the Guardian. What the headline was referring to are the results of a survey conducted by the Office for National...

Is Vietnam Really That Happy?

08 August 2013 | asia pacific, economic dev, environment, freedom of expression, global index, happiness

In 2012, Vietnam came second in the New Economics Foundation’s Happy Planet Index (HPI). According to the HPI, the only happier people in the world live in Costa Rica. The HPI ranks 151 countries...

Doha Climate Change Conference l Gross national happiness in Bhutan: the big idea from a tiny state that could change the world

03 December 2012 | bhutan, climate change, gdp, happiness, well-being measurements

Bhutan measures prosperity by gauging its citizens' happiness levels, not the GDP. Now its ideas are attracting interest at the UN climate change conference in Doha. Since 1971, Bhutan has rejected...

Study: Happiest countries have press freedom

27 August 2012 | blogpost, commentary, correlation, happiness, media, press freedom, research, study, well-being

Freedom of the press is a reliable indicator of a country’s happiness, journalism doctoral student Edson Tandoc Jr. concludes in a new study. Tandoc and Michigan State University’s Bruno Takahashi...

Meghalaya to replicate Bhutan’s GNP mode

06 March 2012 | asia pacific, bhutan, happiness, india, undp-supported, well-being

The White House has unveiled a plan to create a “Bill of Rights” for consumer privacy on the Internet, and announced that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to comply when consumers choose to...

Blobpost: The pros and cons of the Canadian Superindex

17 January 2012 | commentary, composite index, happiness, index, methodology, nat assessment, well-being

Canadians are the only ones, along with the small and far away country of Bhutan, to have developed an all-encompassing "happiness index" to be compared with GDP (gross domestic product). This work...

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