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Your money or your life: Can nations prosper by putting well-being before GDP in 2020?

Students in Bhuitan

Bangkok, ThailandThomson Reuters Foundation With protests from Chile to Hong Kong last year over widening inequality, violence against women, and climate change, more policymakers and campaigners started to openly debate potential shifts away from an economic model that relies on growth. New Zealand became the first nation to introduce a Wellbeing Budget that requires all […]

Fat and happy: the comforts of practicing a religion

Pew Happiness

RNS People who are active in their religious congregations tend to be happier, a new Pew survey finds. But that advantage doesn’t extend to their waistlines. In a large meta-analysis of 35 countries, Pew researchers found that religiously active people around the world report a range of desirable health and social outcomes. They vote and volunteer more. They […]

World sinks to 10 year happiness low

Thomson Reuters Foundation World happiness levels are at their lowest level in over a decade, with the number of people who say they feel stressed and worried rising, according to a survey published on Wednesday. Conflict-hit Central African Republic was the world’s unhappiest place last year, with Iraq in second place, according to the ranking […]