Measuring True Wealth

by: Heather on 01/03/2008

How do you measure your wealth? Is it related only to your bank balance, is it quality of life, or is it how happy you are? Or is it a product of all three?

A recent story on the Planet 2025 News Network reported that there is worldwide support for measuring the true wealth of nations by including health, social and environmental statistics in the measuring process. Written by Hazel Henderson, one of the organizers of the Beyond GDP International Conference, the report mentions a variety of new and more inclusive indicators of national progress, including the Genuine Progress Index (GPI) and the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW).

In Economics of Happiness, Mark Anielski expands on these ideas and presents practical solutions for building economies of well-being based on genuine wealth. Mark's book is about making the economy serve the interests of the people, instead of people serving the economy. Check it out!

What do you think about how we measure our economic progress? Do you support a move "beyond the GDP"? Leave your comments in the feedback section below.

Economics of Happiness


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