The Happy Planet Index is a tool used to measure the happiness/ wellbeing, life expectancy and ecological footprint of the people in each country.
Something to consider when reading the data is the countries that come out on top are not necessarily the happiest, but the happiest with longest life, and with the smallest footprint.
Costa Rica comes out as number one according to this research, followed by Vietnam and next, Columbia.
Of the 151 countries studied, Denmark is the country that rated the highest in happiness/wellbeing, followed by Canada and Norway.
The United States scores a HPI of 37.3. This puts it 105th on the list. When looking at it’s isolated ecological footprint scale, the US ranks 146th, with 151 being the largest ecological footprint.
The country that this study deemed to have the largest ecological footprint is Qatar (a small country in Western Asia with a large amount of natural gas reserves and excess oil), and the lowest, Afganistan.
If you are intersted to learn more about the Happy Planet Index, check it out here: http://www.happyplanetindex.org/data/
*** In future article I would like to challenge myself and readers to create a personal happy index with three factors. What would your three factors be? I’m thinking mood x health / money spent.