Measuring happiness: Is Bhutan really the world’s happiest country?

Share this article A viable philosophy or government propaganda? Bhutan is often praised for measuring its worth by citizens’ happiness alongside its economy, but can a country really calculate happiness—and if so, how? I’m meandering along the world’s friendliest road. Hand-painted boulders remind drivers to “peep peep, don’t sleep,” and, a few hundred meters later, […]

10 of John McCain’s best quotes on courage, happiness, and character

Joshua Lott/Getty Images Sen. John McCain, who has served in the Senate since 1987, has died at 81. Here are 10 of the Arizona senator and former Republican presidential candidate’s best quotes on courage, happiness, and character. John McCain on fighting for a cause Shayanne Gal/Business Insider John McCain on the nature of Americans Shayanne […]

The Country Where Happiness and Inequality Go Hand in Hand

The 2018 World Happiness Report named Costa Rica the happiest country in Latin America — not all that surprising when Costa Rica has for years topped global happiness rankings, alongside the usual Scandinavian suspects of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. And yet. In the capital city of San José, the average gross salary is a reasonable […]

Europeans Have Never Been Richer – But Are They Happy?

The EEA boasts a combined GDP of over €15tn, as reported by, yet not everyone is higher. According to EU stats – updated this year – the average European assesses their happiness as 7/10. However, this fluctuates massively, with high income individuals in Denmark far happier than those in, say, Croatia. The conclusion to be […]

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall beams with happiness as she continues Wales visit with Charles

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, joined husband Prince Charles, 69, in Llangwm, west Wales today. The royal was lucky enough to enjoy a day in the sunshine and dressed accordingly for the warm temperatures. Prince Charles’ wife wore a simple blue dress which stopped at her knee and featured elbow-length sleeves. She paired this with a […]

There's a New Secret to Happiness

What is the secret to happiness? The age-old question has beguiled poets and philosophers alike. Now, scientists are forgoing melancholic musing for a more methodical approach, unveiling a new equation for predicting happiness in a Nature Communications paper. The study authors built on an earlier version of the equation they had published in 2014, which […]

Bhutan, a country known for its index that measures happiness, is dealing with a mental health crisis

Health in Bhutan is largely measured by its Gross National Happiness Index, which was written into the constitution when the nation became a constitutional monarchy 10 years ago.  Known as the happiest country in the world, Bhutan is now facing high rates of alcoholism and domestic violence since modern technology has shifted Bhutanese identity. With few […]