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The Happy Planet Index

Video: Forget the GDP. There’s a new way to measure the good things in life.
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In the words of Robert F. Kennedy, why does Gross National Product "measure everything [...] except that which makes life worthwhile"? Happiness and health are what we really want, but we have the perception that those things can be measured on an economic scale. If happiness is what we want most, why aren't we measuring it directly?

Good news: statistician Nic Marks does just that. Watch as Marks explains the Happy Planet Index, his alternative to GDP, and what it tells us about which countries are really the happiest.

Statistician and founder of the Centre for Well-Being at the New Economics Foundation, Nic Marks presented this lecture for the TED Talks.


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