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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Do bigger governments lead to happier people? - Washington Post (blog)

Do bigger governments lead to happier people? - Washington Post (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Benjamin Radcliff is a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. His current research focuses on how public policy affects human happiness. His recent book, "The Political Economy of Human Happiness," argues that generous welfare states and strong labor market protections produce happier citizens than do more laissez-faire policies. We spoke on the phone Thursday afternoon; a lightly edited transcript follows.


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Is Bhutan the Happiest Place on Earth?

Is Bhutan the Happiest Place on Earth? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Bhutan is measuring the progress of their country by calculating "Gross National Happiness." Is it the beginning of a new social model, or a political ruse? (Is Bhutan the Happiest Place on Earth?
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5 Takeaways From UN's Global Report on Happiness

5 Takeaways From UN's Global Report on Happiness | real utopias | Scoop.it

Denmark is the happiest country in the world, followed by Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Sweden, according to the 2013 World Happiness Report, released today by Columbia University's Earth Institute.

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Denmark defies austerity and debt to remain happiest nation - DAWN.COM

Denmark defies austerity and debt to remain happiest nation - DAWN.COM | real utopias | Scoop.it

They are the most indebted people in the world, live through long, dark winters and have a shorter life expectancy than several Mediterranean countries.

Yet for the past four decades, the Danes have consistently rated themselves as the happiest people on earth.

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People, Not Things, Bring Happiness, Study Shows - Huffington Post

People, Not Things, Bring Happiness, Study Shows - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

Researchers from Sahlgrenska Academy and Lund University analyzed more than 1.5 million words that appeared in Swedish newspapers in 2010, and found that while "people" words -- like you or me, grandmother, and proper names like soccer star Zlatan -- tended to appear with the Swedish word for "happiness," "thing" words -- like iPhone, millions and Google -- did not.

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Talking happiness

Talking happiness | real utopias | Scoop.it

"Once it becomes clear that further GDP growth will be ever more difficult to achieve, national leaders will desperately need ways to make life tolerable for their increasingly restive constituents. It’s plain that environmental, psychological, and social well-being must be the new goal, and we can thank the government of Bhutan for realizing this and blazing a trail that others may follow."

 

Good resumee by Richard Heinberg of the UN's special conference on wellbeing and the need to define a new economic paradigm.


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