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The Happiest Place on Earth
July 6, 2009 @ 4:15 PM | Permalink
A recent report found Costa Rica to be the happiest place on earth (well, out of the 143 countries surveyed.)
Last time the list was compiled Costa Rica placed third.
The report – The (Un)Happy Planet Index – came with this disclaimer: “The nations that top the Index aren’t the happiest places in the world, but the nations that score well show that achieving, long, happy lives without over-stretching the planet’s resources is possible.”
The calculation begins with this question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole, among others.
The United States came in 114th, an indication that “high levels of resource consumption do not reliably produce high levels of well-being, and that it is possible to produce high well-being without excessive consumption of the Earth’s resources,” according to the report.
It also reveals that there are different routes to achieving comparable levels of well-being. The model followed by the West can provide widespread longevity and variable life satisfaction, but it does so only at a vast and ultimately counter-productive cost in terms of resource consumption.