In human history we have never been richer, had more, created more or inspired greater technological advances. And yet, we have never been so unhappy.
The World Happiness Report (2) shows people in developed continents such as Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand are less happy than they were in 2005. This is despite increased economic benefit. The Happy Planet index 2014 (3) shows that countries such as Indonesia are happier than any ‘developed’ nation.
It is all too obvious from these studies that wealth and riches do not bring happiness or fulfillment. There needs to be a change in how we perceive life and what we want from it. If following our current path of ongoing economic development in a bid to achieve personal and national happiness is not working, then what would work? What path can we follow? And how do we find it?
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