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Unformatted text preview: The Seattle Times: How happy are we? Danes are an 8.2, but Americans only a 7.4 - (http:// seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/PrintStory.pl? document_id=2003855122&zsection_id=2002107549&slug=happy27&date=20070827) 2007/08/27 13:20:06---------------------------------- Monday, August 27, 2007 - 12:00 AM Ruut Veenhoven created the happiness database. How happy are we? Danes are an 8.2, but Americans only a 7.4 By Sterling The Associated Press AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan long ago dispensed with the notion of Gross National Product as a gauge of well-being. The king decreed that his people would aspire to Gross National Happiness (GNH) instead. That kernel of Buddhist wisdom is increasingly Fnding an echo in international policy and development models, which seek to establish scientiFc methods for Fnding out what makes us happy and why. When he started studying happiness in the 1960s, Ruut Veenhoven used data from social researchers who simply asked people how satisFed they were with their lives, on a scale of zero to 10. But as the discipline has matured and gained popularity in the past decade, self-reporting has been found lacking....
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- gross national happiness, Ruut Veenhoven, standard happiness questionnaire