shagbark (shagbark) wrote,

Gross National Happiness

I heard another story today, on NPR, about why we should measure Gross Domestic Happiness (GDH) instead of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). GDP, the argument goes, is a product of a crass materialistic age, and doesn't measure quality-of-life issues like time spent with family.

Sounds nice. But GDP is used by the government, to help set policy in many ways. It's relevant to what I think should be part of the business of government: Keeping the country's economy running.

The clamor for the government to track happiness instead of mere economic indicators implies that happiness, too, is now the government's business. And I find that creepy. Keep the government focused on economics. We should not give it the authority to look after our happiness.
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