Further on my previous post about the national sense of pessimism over the future, I'd like to pitch the idea of the U.S. adopting Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Index to be used in tandem with GDP as an indicator of how things are going in general. Bhutan's index attempts to capture the over all sense of well-being amongst its population. It could be argued that well-being is just as important, if not more so, than how much we consume.
A quick search revealed a Gross National Happiness Index conference has taken place twice so far. I could see this index taking off initially at the grass roots level with local newspapers conducting polls to aggregate data. Ultimately this would lead to adoption of a national GNH Index.
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