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How do you Measure Happiness?- TOK Presentation

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By Ana Isabel Abad How do you measure happiness? How do you measure happiness? "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity."
-Albert Einstein Happiness has been tried to be measured since the beginning of time. From Aristotle to Friedman to the Fourth Dragon King of Bhutan, .people have been trying to find a quantifiable measure for happiness. On what should we base our decision? Gross Domestic Product


The Human Development Index


Gross National Happiness

Happiness Measurement Software Ways to measure happiness All of these Indexes also use language as a way of knowing since all ask questions and are based on the verbal responses of people, except for the software that uses non-verbal language. So how do we measure happiness? HDI Index (2011)

1. Norway
2. Australia
3. Netherlands
4. United States
5. New Zealand
6. Canada
7. Ireland
8. Liechtenstein
9. Germany
10. Sweden
...
57. Mexico The lists GDP The Human Development Index Gross National Happiness The Happiness Measurement Software Our knowledge issue Which ways of knowing are valid in the measurement of happiness and welfare?

How can truth tests determine help us determine happiness? The Human Development Index Works cited Dubner, Stephen J. "The Health of Nations." Freakonomics Radio. 16 Mar. 2011. Radio.

How Do You Measure Happiness? YouTube. A Good Idea, 07 Mar. 2011. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8EcScpHrQg>.

Ura, Karma, Sabina Alkire, Tshoki Zangmo, and Karma Wangdi. "A Short Guide to Gross National Happiness Index." The Center for Bhutan Studies. Bhutan Government, May 2012. Web. Feb. 2013. <http://www.grossnationalhappiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Short-GNH-Index-edited.pdf>.

The Gross National Happiness (GNH) concept originated on Bhutan in the 1970's. It bases its result in a holistic and balanced approach of 9 different aspects:

Psychological wellbeing Time use
Community vitality Cultural diversity Ecological resilience Living standard Health Education
Good governance Gross National Happiness has been adopted in other countries including Canada. Canada has created an initiative called The Happiness Index.

http://happycounts.org/survey/GNH-youth GDP- It bases its number in tangible and quantifiable economic factors. The questions asked for this index are related to the market and production and it then leads us to a reasonable conclusion. The Human Development Index- It bases its number in a mathematical formula that weighs in a logical and reasonable way different factors. GNH- It bases its number in intangible things but makes it quantifiable in a way. The question asked for this index are based on emotion and comfort. Happiness Software- It bases itself in sense perception and language, how do youperceivee a person's non-verbal language. The Gross Domestic Product was created by Simon Kuznets for a US congress report in 1934. It is the total market value of all final goods and services produced in a country in a given year. After the Breton Woods Conference in 1944, it became the main tool for measuring a nation's economy. It takes into consideration:

Consumer spending Exports
Investment spending Imports
Government spending The Human Development Index was created by the United Nations in order to provide a more rounded perspective of welfare. Its goal is to take into account what each person is able to be and do. It measures:

GDP Education
Health
GDP (2012)

1. United States
2. China
3. India
4. Japan
5. Germany
6. Russia
7. Brazil
8. United Kingdom
9. France
10. Italy
11. Mexico In the days when [GDP] was used as the main measure, South Africa under apartheid did very well in the development tables, because there was a lot of stuff around there in South Africa, but never mind that it didn’t go to enrich the lives of a vast majority of the people there.
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