Drive to push national policy to well-being

Wouldn’t this be a fantastic development? Rather than focus on income, they actually work on the factors that make measurable difference in people’s lives.

The article talks about how GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is a measure used to estimate people’s well-being. It is a crude and misleading statistic. Some of the happiest people in the world are poor. According to the Happiness index, 7 of the 10 places are in Latin America.

I think part of difficulty with focusing on well-being is that people tend to prefer making decisions based on “hard data”. It is easy to understand money and who has it and who doesn’t. When you start talking about relationships, community, health, and happiness then this causes difficulty for decision makers. I’m not excusing their ignorance, but rather that any transition is going to take time and new thinkers who will perceive the situation.

For example, the latest research on homeless shows that it is far cheaper to society to house the homeless than the costs of them being on the street. As a society it is a fail to have someone on the street no matter what their mental state is, or their personal background. People make mistakes, and yes they do have to face the consequences of their actions, but living on the street and not being in a position to correct those mistakes doesn’t help anyone. We have to help those who don’t have the means to help themselves or what is a society for? Society has to be for more than just enriching the already rich and powerful. Shouldn’t we see in others that we could be in their position if not for the randomness of our own life? Should we have the foresight to see that if we were in their position, we would want some help as well? Shouldn’t we see the waste of the current system and be motivated to do something about the human potential that is untapped?

What is life if it is not spent in making ourselves and others happier?