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This may seem weird, but it’s true . . . This is a 158 page report.  The year 2012 sees the launch of the first World Happiness Report. Edited by John Helliwell, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of British Columbia and Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Richard Layard, Director of Well-being Programme, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University, the report was commissioned for the April 2nd United Nations Conference on Happiness.

You have heard of Gross National Product (GNP) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  Did you know the Royal Government of Bhutan has a Gross National Happiness Commission in order to create and monitor Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index.
A generation of studies by psychologists, economists, pollsters, sociologists, and others has shown that happiness, though indeed a subjective experience, can be objectively measured, assessed, correlated with observable brain functions, and related to the characteristics of an individual and the society.  Asking people whether they are happy, or satisfied with their lives, offers important information about the society. It can signal underlying crises or hidden strengths. It can suggest the need for change.

Unemployment obviously reduces happiness, but not because of what you may think. It’s not the loss of income, but the loss of things like self-esteem and workplace social life that lead to a drop in happiness. High unemployment rates can trigger unhappiness even in the employed, who suddenly become fearful of losing their jobs. According to the study, even low quality jobs yield more satisfaction than being unemployed.

In some countries, the self-employed report higher levels of job satisfaction than the employed. The study found a positive correlation between happiness and self-employment in both American and European data, but not in Latin America. The possible reason: self-employment may be a necessity in developing countries where formal employment is not as readily available. When it’s not a choice, it doesn’t lead to happiness.

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