First Ever World Map of Happiness Produced
A University of Leicester psychologist has produced the first ever 'world map of happiness.' Adrian White, an analytic social psychologist at theUniversity’s School of Psychology, analysed data published by UNESCO, the CIA, the New Economics Foundation, the WHO, the Veenhoven Database, the Latinbarometer, the Afrobarometer, and the UNHDR, to create aglobal projection of subjective well-being: the first world map of happiness. The projection, which is to be published in a psychology journal this September, will be presented at a conference laterin the year. Participants in the various studies were asked questions related to happiness and satisfaction with life. The meta-analysis is based on the findings of over 100 different studies aroundthe world, which questioned 80,000 people worldwide. For this study data has also been analysed in relation to health, wealth and access to education. Whilst collecting data on subjective well-being isnot an exact science, the measures used are very reliable in predicting health and welfare outcomes. It can be argued that whilst these measures are not perfect they are the best we have so far, andthese are the measures that politicians are talking of using to measure the relative performance of each country. The researchers have argued that regular testing as a collaboration between academicsin different countries would enable us to track changes in happiness, and what events may cause that. For example what effect would a war, or famine, or national success have on a country's members'happiness. . Adrian White said: “The concept of happiness, or satisfaction with life, is currently a major area of research in economics and psychology, most closely associated with new developments inpositive psychology. It has also become a feature in the current political discourse in the UK. "There is increasing political interest in using measures of happiness as a national indicator in...
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