Friday, August 14, 2015

The Happiest Countries in the World

Panama Ranks Highest in Life Satisfaction Report

The concept of "Quality of Life" is much discussed by academics in the field. "What constitutes a “good life” has occupied leading philosophers since Aristotle, and dozens of definitions of the “good life” are discussed in the literature," according to the 2009 Report of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress chaired by Nobel Prize-winning economists Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz and Professor Amartya Sen, and by Professor Jean-Paul Fitoussi. 


These results show the extent to which 151 countries across the globe produce long, happy and sustainable lives for the people that live in them.  The overall index scores rank countries based on their life expectancy, experienced well-being and Ecological Footprint.

o Ecological footprint (the amount of land needed to provide for all their resource requirements plus the amount of vegetated land needed to absorb all their CO2 emissions and the CO2 emissions embodied in the products they consume;)

o Life satisfaction (health as well as “subjective well-being” components such as a sense of individual vitality, opportunities to undertake meaningful, engaging activities, inner resources that help one cope when things go wrong, close relationships with friends and family, belonging to a wider community;)

o Life expectancy. 

Editor's note: Panama ranks number 7 on the list, while the U.S. ranks number 150. Is it caused by unreasonable expectations on the part of Americans, or are the living conditions deteriorating in the United States?

This very interesting and revealing free study can be found here