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Happiness indicators

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My presentation at H(app)athon Workshop Lisbon in May '13.

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Happiness indicators

  1. 1. Happiness Indicators
  2. 2. How about measuring happiness?
  3. 3. Measuring Happiness• Very young science• But there are measures out there• Potentially great impact on decision making
  4. 4. Gross National Happiness• Quantitative measurement of well-being andquality of life• Measure of progress• Representative periodic surveys• gross national happiness index
  5. 5. Gross National Happiness Indexbased on• equitable social development• cultural preservation• conservation of the environment• promotion of good governance
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  7. 7. Impact on Education• deep critical and creative thinking,• ecological literacy,• practice of the country’s profound, ancient wisdom andculture,• contemplative learning,• a holistic understanding of the world,• genuine care for nature and for others,• competency to deal effectively with the modern world,• preparation for right livelihood, and• informed civic engagement.
  8. 8. OECD – Better Life Index
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  10. 10. OECD Better Life Index• www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org• Goal: involve people in the debate• Assign importance to each category• 11 categories essential to well-being
  11. 11. 11 categories essential to well-beingmaterial living conditions• housing• income• jobsquality of life• community• education• environment• governance• health• life satisfaction• safety• work-life balance
  12. 12. Facebook‘s approach• Analyzing the use of emotion words forapproximately 100 million Facebook users• word use in status updates ≈ self-reportedsatisfaction with life• represents overall emotional health of the nation• importance of tracking such metrics.
  13. 13. Again: What do with ‘happiness indicators’?
  14. 14. • systematically measure subjective wellbeingas part of a broader national accountingsystem• use these data to inform policy choices
  15. 15. The UK approachamong the first to officially monitor‘happiness’• how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?• how happy did you feel yesterday?• how anxious did you feel yesterday?• to what extent do you feel the things you do inyour life are worthwhile?
  16. 16. 21United KingdomPrime Minister Cameron
  17. 17. That’s it.

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