OPINION: Forget GDP and adopt the Happy Planet Index!

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the traditional indicator for estimating the wealth of a country and its inhabitants. The alternative assessment provided by The Happy Planet Index is that it measures a nation’s wealth in term of the happiness and wellbeing of its inhabitants. It was created 10 years ago as an alternative to the traditional system, which tends to focus specifically on the economic progress of a country.
The Happy Planet Index takes into account 4 factors : wellbeing, life expectancy, inequality of incomes and ecological footprint. This great creation encourages us to think about life and its value.