Happiness Is A Great Metric For Success, But How Do We Measure It In An Unequal World?

Young child and the earth
Young child and the earth

Today, March 20, was dubbed International Happiness Day by the United Nations back in 2012. Designating a day for a state of mind was designed to recognize “the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world,” and the importance of making happiness a goal of public policy, the UN said.

The goal is laudable–and incredibly difficult. There are problems with measuring happiness in a world so fundamentally unequal. And while happiness is a feeling not hard to express, it is very hard to quantify.

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