The Happy Planet Index says that Cubans are happier than Americans. A lot happier.
The HPI combines how long and happy a life the citizens of each nation enjoy (which makes complete sense) and how few of the Earth’s resources they use (which makes no sense).
“The HPI suggests that the path we have been following is, without exception, unable to deliver all three goals: high life satisfaction, high life expectancy and ‘one-planet living’,” according to NEF researcher Saamah Abdallah. “Instead we need a new development model that delivers good lives that don’t cost the Earth for all.”
The 15 happiest nations are supposedly Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Guatemala, Vietnam, Columbia, Cuba, El Salvador, Brazil, Honduras, Nicaragua, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, and Argentina.
Probably so. We know most Americans grow up dreaming of the wonderful lives they could lead if only they could put in 12-hour days cutting sugarcane by hand for a communist dictator in Cuba.
Pardon us, research gurus, but there’s an elephant in the room:
If people are so damn happy in #7 Cuba, why do so many of its citizens risk their lives to come to miserable, unhappy #114 United States?
Source: Guardian UK via Fausta’s Blog