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Submitted by Joe Qian on
Thank you all for the very insightful comments! CW: I agree with you that GDP is relatively easy to calculate and understand but it doesn't measure the result or effectiveness of a particular economic activity or transaction though things can become quite subjective after that. Naomi: Do you have a link to the study? It looks like I'll have to come to Bangladesh and see the world's happiest people for myself. Anonymous: I defined the original Bhutanese measure of GNH but it is currently measured through: 1. Economic Wellness: Indicated via direct survey and statistical measurement of economic metrics such as consumer debt, average income to consumer price index ratio and income distribution 2. Environmental Wellness: Indicated via direct survey and statistical measurement of environmental metrics such as pollution, noise and traffic 3. Physical Wellness: Indicated via statistical measurement of physical health metrics such as severe illnesses 4. Mental Wellness: Indicated via direct survey and statistical measurement of mental health metrics such as usage of antidepressants and rise or decline of psychotherapy patients 5. Workplace Wellness: Indicated via direct survey and statistical measurement of labor metrics such as jobless claims, job change, workplace complaints and lawsuits 6. Social Wellness: Indicated via direct survey and statistical measurement of social metrics such as discrimination, safety, divorce rates, complaints of domestic conflicts and family lawsuits, public lawsuits, crime rates 7. Political Wellness: Indicated via direct survey and statistical measurement of political metrics such as the quality of local democracy, individual freedom, and foreign conflicts. Through these standards, North Korea would probably not score very high.