As previously mentioned, Gross National Happiness is coming to Britain:
“From next month, Britain’s statisticians begin the task of assessing how happy we all are, responding to David Cameron’s oft-repeated view that there’s more to life than money.
The prime minister wants economists and policy-makers to focus not just on GDP, which since 1948 has been viewed as the critical measure of the nation’s prosperity, but on “GWB – general well-being”.
Statisticians at the Office for National Statistics will poll 200,000 people, asking them a series of four questions:
How happy did you feel yesterday?
How anxious did you feel yesterday?
How satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
To what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
Those interviewed will score their levels of contentment on a scale of one to 10.
The statisticians aim to produce a national happiness index that will be released each quarter, in much the same way that data on gross domestic product is currently published.
The first findings are due in mid-2012.”