Happiness doesn't have to cost the Earth…


Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity – instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth).

“I know there are challenges ahead, there may be trouble ahead, but I fear no one. I don’t care. I have been to the mountain top, and I have seen the Promised Land.” – Martin Luther King

Included below is Robert f. Kennedy’s speech challenging the way in which we measure progress and well-being. To find out more about Nic Marks and the work that he is doing to promote happiness and well-being you can visit the New Economics Foundation or follow the Centre For Well-Being on Twitter


“Too much and for too long we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community value in the mere accumulation of material things.” – Robert F. Kennedy