March 30th, 2012

The Happiest Countries Are in Northern Europe

Economics & Politics

Sustainable Development

Is it possible to measure the happiness of the world’s population? Remarkably it is, and the first World Happiness Report published today does just that.

Even more remarkable is next Monday’s United Nations conference on Happiness, for which the Report was prepared. Last July the UN General Assembly invited all member governments to give more importance to happiness as a goal of public policy, and mandated this conference as part of the process.

This means that there is now high world-level support for the demand that governments pay more attention to the happiness of their peoples when they form their policies. This is not, we emphasize, a matter of following the whims, fads, and consumer urges of the population. These do not, according to the evidence, lead to happiness. It is, rather, a matter of helping societies to find a path to what really matters more deeply and lastingly for well-being.

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