I found that Buthan created the Gross National Happiness Index in order to evalue the happiness of their citizens and compare that with other countries. I pressume the intention of that was to do some Compared Politics and be able to find out the output in terms of happiness of specific policies.

Even though, when one analyzes GNH quickly realizes it's a really subjective index. And that's not surprising at all, since Happiness is something indeed pretty subjective.

Even though, I was interested if some institutions of any kind (with international repercussion) had created similar indexes, that try to find out some value of happiness in a country.

I'm aware of the existence of the HDI, though I wouldn't say it falls upon the consideration of "happiness index"

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    "I pressume the intention of that was to do some Compared Politics" - may be i'm being too cynical, but I'm guessing the intention of that is to find a way to show the populace how good things are in the country and thus get support for the government... – user4012 May 28 '15 at 0:16

You know that the Bhutan index is derived from work for the "World Happiness Report"? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Happiness_Report


There is also the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index that ranks based on how people fare primarily on five factors: Having purpose, physical health, financial security, having supportive social relationships, and being satisfied with the community. http://www.livescience.com/47863-countries-happiness-rank.html

  • Sounds like the latter is a better indicator, just "hapiness" is extremely vague and subjective. It is interesting that Turkmenistan, one of the most totalitarian contemporary regimes, is in the middle. People have zero freedom and are forced to admire their super leader, but if they buy into the propaganda and don't think about what they're missing I believe they can be sort of "happy". Or this index just sucks. – Bregalad May 28 '15 at 7:30
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    Agreed that measuring happiness is a vague idea. Hell, in some countries being disconnected from politics might radically improve actual citizen contentment if you subscribe to the "ignorance is bliss" notion. And sometimes I think it might be true. Also found that the OECD is trying a similar measurement at: oecdbetterlifeindex.org – Michael Broughton May 28 '15 at 12:59

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