Success can’t just be measured in dollars and cents, report says

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With nods to Buddha and Aristotle, a United Nations expert panel on Monday called for all countries to measure and track the happiness of their people, and to adopt a “a very different model of humanity” oriented toward subjective wellbeing rather than per capita gross national product.

Ranking Canadians as fifth-happiest in the world based on survey data — after Denmark, Finland, Norway and Holland — the World Happiness Report says happiness is unequally distributed within and among countries for reasons that transcend money and politics.


The high-level meeting to launch the report at the United Nations in New York was a coming-out party for Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan nation that turned itself into a science experiment by starting to track and promote its Gross National Happiness 30 years ago by decree of its former king. Now a democracy, its prime minister, Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, chaired the meeting.

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