The past few years have seen a surge of interest in happiness and well-being across the world. Countries, inspired by the Kingdom of Bhutan’s adoption of Gross National Happiness as an alternative to Gross National Product (GNP), have placed an emphasis on measuring well-being and happiness, then using that information to set goals and begin the process of change.
Canada and the United Kingdom are two countries that have put a great deal of effort into creating a national focus on well-being and happiness. Organizations within each country have created websites that are compiling the results of their citizens’ happiness and then using those results to spread awareness and knowledge. By creating compelling videos and raising awareness, they hope to education their citizens on the issues important to well-being so that they can measure their own lives to increase their well-being. Many other countries throughout the world are joining those who prioritize the happiness of their citizens and ASR is joining them in their mission to bring about positive change in the realm of well-being. We have partners in Mexico, Belgium, Italy, France, Australia and New Zealand who are measuring subjective quality of life and using those data to improve it.