Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index

Growth does not equal to happiness. Watch this great talk by Nic Marks, and then check out their happy planet index site.

Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.


At the end of his talk, Nic suggests five ways to wellbeing that doesn’t have to cost the earth:

  • connect
    your social relationships are the most important cornerstones of your life
  • be active
    it’s the fastest way out of a bad mood 
  • take notice
    do you notice what’s bubbling up for you and trying to emerge?
  • keep learning
    be curious, it doesn’t have to be formal learning 
  • give
    we feel good if we give 

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