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There are Free Lunches: Behavioral Clues to Live Happy in the Economic World is a blog that intends to present updated and relevant information about the "hidden" and only recently uncovered dimensions of the economic science: the behavioral factors. With this blog we intend to promote in Europe and in the rest of the World, the top research articles and perspectives on behavioral economics, decision making, consumer behavior, and general behavioral science. We aim to be followed by journalists, academics, managers, civil servants, and everyone who wishes to improve their daily interaction with the economic world and consequently, their lives' happiness.

Monday, 8 October 2012

O2 #2 Judge a society by its level of happiness, not by its GDP (via Third Sector)

It's getting easier to measure how happy people are, and it's important to do so, says Kate Rogers of Schroders

What do the Prince of Wales, a Nobel laureate and the prime minister of Bhutan have in common?
The answer is they all took part in a conference last month at the UN called Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm, which looked at new ways to measure the performance of nations, moving away from gross domestic product towards metrics such as gross national happiness.
This is evidence of an increasing interest in the economics of happiness. This momentum has no doubt been hastened by the difficult economic climate and the perception that traditional economics has somehow failed our society. It is not difficult to see that the overwhelming focus on growth of output has led to an extraordinary level of indebtedness, both for ourselves and for our government.
Read more about the Economics of Happiness movement latest achievements here: HappinessVsGDP 

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