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The Happy Planet Index: A New Measure of Societal Well-Being?

After World War II, a nation that was efficient at producing goods emerged as a picture of prosperity and societal well-being. In many ways, this model shaped the lives of our ancestors and thus our own: the prospect of war, gruesome as it was, provided the economic opportunity for much of the industrialized world to rise above the misery of the Great Depression, and facilitated a greater quality of life for those willing to work towards it. In this way, economic value became increasingly equated with true value, and economic prosperity with true progress and well-being. Eventually, the Gross Domestic Product of a nation became our defining indicator of the past century.  But what do people truly want out of life?

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