March 10, 2006

National Review  published...

...a graph showing GDP per capita and happiness along with an article that says:
"And the unusually happy places? They tend to be countries with a high degree of religiosity. The five countries with the most suprising happiness given their income are predominantly Catholic."

From NR:
"Dutch sociologist Ruut Veenhoven has made a career out of happiness. His official job title is “professor of social conditions for human happiness,” and he directs the World Database of Happiness, an exhaustive compilation of over 1,500 high-quality surveys about self-reported happiness around the world. Using sophisticated statistical techniques, Veenhoven has converted the results of the various surveys into a standard measure — how much people enjoy their life as a whole, on a scale from 0 to 10 — and reported the average happiness in 90 countries from 1995 to 2005."

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