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It's a theme that was first explored in a 2008 TV show and has now been turned into a book.

While the first phase of the global economic and financial crisis was triggered by securitization troubles in the United States financial system, the present phase has Europe as its epicenter and has to do with the impact of bad government bonds on the banking system.

In an elite part of an African city lived a very rich man who never attended the funerals and burials of neighbours, relatives and colleagues.

A recent study by Lloyds TSB International Wealth suggests that only 10 percent of “high-earners” in the country believe they are better off in the U.K. than they would be in other “developed neighboring” countries.

Happiness relating to quality of life and financial well-being to be higher for those living abroad

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

The quality of life in the UK is not as high as it is in other developed countries, a survey by Lloyds TSB International has found.

When it comes to social justice -- defined here as the ability each individual has to participate in the market society, regardless of their social status -- the United States ranks near the bottom of 31 developed countries, the Thursday report from Bertelsmann Foundation found.

Wellbeing is important but complicated and it doesn't always translate well into policymaking, Charles Kenny writes.

How many times a day do we ask, or answer, a simple question: “How are you doing?”

The draft National Environment Policy presents us with an overwhelming scenario for Malta in 2020.

Bhutan, sandwiched between India and China, is proof that happiness does not necessarily come with high income.

MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, Penny Low, has called on the government to aim beyond the GDP measure of growth and look at a more holistic national measurement system.

Not everything can be measured in dollars and cents.

If you want to understand how far the craze for measuring happiness has spread, look no further than that venerable US institution, the Girl Scouts.

Something is very wrong when those who ought to disagree, actually agree so profoundly.

The Singapore Kindness Movement's Graciousness Index parallels Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Index in some ways

Are we as a country happy? Fulfilled? Conscious of the well-being of our environment, our fellow citizens, ourselves?

A new index of well-being says a generation of solid economic growth has meant little in the everyday lives of most Canadians.

A new measure of quality of life in Canada shows that the strong economic growth of the national economy over the last two decades has not been matched by improvements in actual wellbeing.


According to new polls by Gallup, fewer people in the U.S. say they have access to fundamental needs like healthcare, food and shelter. And the kicker? People in China are struggling less than Americans to put food on the table.

And the reason is that it is the only country in the world that is more concerned about Gross National Happiness than with Gross Domestic Product

The report assesses 11 specific aspects of life – ranging from income, jobs and housing to health, education and the environment – as part of the OECD’s ongoing effort to devise new measures for assessing well-being that go beyond Gross Domestic Product.

For the last two years, Greece has been experiencing a massive financial and social crisis.

The United Arab Emirates made a success in achieving the Millennium Development Goals at the national level.

2010 GNH Survey Findings of the 2010 GNH survey will be published next month, according to the Centre for Bhutan Studies

Guangdong province has released on Oct 11 what it calls its happiness index system

The relationship between wealth, happiness and inequality.

What makes people happy? That's the question the Organisation for Economic Cooperation And Development tries to answer in its latest report, "How's Life?"

OECD finds average Briton rates how satisfied they are at 7 out of 10, compared to 7.8 for top-ranked Danes

Growth and relative poverty are no longer enough to tell us whether our economy is on the right track

President of Botswana from 1980 to 1998, Sir Ketumile Masire is actively involved in conflict resolution and prevention, promotion of good governance and representative democracy, as well as capacity building for young African leaders. He is on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. In this interview with THISDAY, he speaks on the 2011 African Governance Index.

A new poll puts Britain at the bottom of the league in terms of quality of life compared to its European neighbours.

The Government will loosen its purse strings as it moves to spend more on enhancing the quality of life for all Singaporeans.

UN just published estimates for child mortality in all countries in 2010!

After 51 years of independence, Nigerians must look inwards to confront corruption perpetuated by a culture of acceptance

Measuring the gross domestic product (GDP) of a nation continues to be the main indicator of its economic strength. But environmentalists are quick to point out that such a measurement does not provide a full picture, since it does not account for the environmental damages or losses resulting from the production of goods and services.

It's all about balance, the experts say. Too much money, too much achievement, too much hedonistic pleasure, too many possessions can all make us unhappy

Isn’t the important question not how we remain No. 1 but rather, what we want to be best at — and even, whether we want to lead at all?

Chronic homelessness, childhood poverty, a doctor shortage, a lack of public health spending, lagging services for the disabled, a high suicide rate and deteriorating roads and bridges are key factors hurting the quality of life in El Paso and Teller counties, according to a new survey

The ABS admits there's much about the standard of living it can't yet measure. It would like to be able to report on social cohesion, democracy and governance and the quality of land, oceans and rivers, but it hasn't yet found an encompassing measure for each. It lists them as important in Measures of Australia's Social Progress 2011 and says it is still looking for a way to way to turn each into a number.

The time of lamentation is over it is time for transformation says the President in his inaugural speech. Does that mean that time of self infringe happiness is over?

For over half a century, people around the world have been told that life improves as the gross domestic product or GDP of the country they are living in increases. But according to Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, GDP fails to reflect a nation’s overall well-being. These days he’s emphasizing the need for more inclusive growth.

Gross National Happiness would suggest we invest in primary and secondary education, child and maternal health, pollution control, community participation, entrepreneurship opportunities and sustainable development

How do you go about improving the well-being of the local community?

A youth spends his time in the middle of the road in Jakarta. Yani Rodyat, vice-chairman of Medco Energi is trying to spread education to Jakarta’s street children by paying the school fees for hundreds of underprivileged children.

Gallup's worldwide research documents a clear relationship between "good jobs" and community attachment. In countries where more people in the workforce are employed full time for employers, residents are more likely to be satisfied with the communities they live in, more likely to recommend them to others, and considerably less likely to say they will probably leave them in the next year.

How the Asian superpowers compare on various measures of development

Time budget diary studies provide a wealth of information about how working and home lives of men and women have changed across Europe and North America in the last 30 years.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov traveled to Namangan and Andijan regions on September 30 – October 1 to review the course of socio-economic reforms and the creative beautification works in progress in these parts of the country.

Australia may boast one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world yet thousands of children are living in jobless families.

It is a well-established fact that there exist inequalities between men and women due to a long history of male dominance, advanced by cultural, religious, economic and political institutions among many societies.

As Africa’s democracy gradually evolves, the arguments are whether Africa should concentrate on creating prosperity first and then grow its democracy later or build up its democracy first and then use it to develop its prosperity.

Presidential hopeful Amr Moussa says his job description, if elected, will be the pursuit of happiness for all Egyptians

The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies ... they’re starting to forge a very different future.

Happiness is grabbing an enormous amount of attention in terms of global public policy. A resolution passed at the UN General Assembly in July stated that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” embodying the globally agreed targets in the Millennium Development Goals

Ireland’s recent Quarterly National Household Survey may be evidence that happiness and economic hardship are not always mutually exclusive.


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