Posted 2 years ago on Sept. 22, 2011, 2:36 p.m. EST by theOnlineGovernmentDotcom
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One thing I've always noticed is how we are obsessed with GDP in America. Somehow we believe we MUST have the highest GDP or the sky will fall and the earth will end. We assume there is magical connection between GDP and personal happiness. Has it ever occurred to anyone that maybe that maybe we don't have to always be number one or that maybe GDP can't make us happy? Have you ever met someone who was ecstatic because of the GDP? Personally, I've never been number one at anything in life, yet I wouldn't call my life a waste. Certainly there is some amount of money needed to survive which needs some GDP and such, but the correlation is not direct. GDP might make some billionaires happy, but not the average person.
Some attempts have been made in order to measure domestic happiness - kind of like a psychological evaluations of average people on the street and guess what??? The happiest countries don't have the number one GDPs - there is only minimal connection between GDP and happiness. Thinking about the countries with the highest happiness they tend to look after one another, have many social services, keep their environment beautiful, have great (socialized) health care, great education systems, take time enjoy life and don't working 70 hours / week. To me happiness of the people is a true measure of the effectiveness of a government that supposedly represents it's people.