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Friday, 21 October 2005


Have you ever read anything about the economics of happiness? I came across the idea when I was doing some reading about going carless in Seattle, from the Cascadia Scorecard Weblog. There was also an">http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/04/science/04happ.html?ex=1130126400&en=3f19fa6e2e168c71&ei=5070&pagewanted=1&oref=login">an article in the NYT about it earlier this month.

The country of Bhutan empahsizes its Gross National Happiness instead of its Gross National Product. Pretty cool. Interestingly, countries with a higher happiness rating are also said to create a smaller ecological footprint. Does sustainable living lead to happiness or does happiness lead to sustainable living? (ie, if you are happy you don't feel you have to buy crap to try to plug the black gaping hole of depression).

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