Mapping human happiness

Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2011

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The happiest place on earth is . . .


Adrian G. White, of the University of Leicester in the UK, points out in his study that the search for happiness is somewhat intangible, but very important. He notes that the US Declaration of Independence clearly points out "certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." Philosophers like Jeremy Bentham pointed out in the eighteenth century that the purpose of politics was to bring the greatest happiness to the greatest number of people.

A recent survey in the UK found that 81% of the UK population agreed that the Government's primary objective should be the creation of happiness rather than wealth. One prominent UK politician argued this past year "It's time we admitted that there's more to life than money, and it's time we focused not just on GDP, but on GWB - general well-being."

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