As many BBC internet trawlers may have stumbled across already, Vanuatu has come out as being the happiest nation on the planet.
Some quotes from the article:
The index is based on consumption levels, life expectancy and happiness, rather than national economic wealth measurements such as GDP.
One of the authors, Nef's Nic Marks, said the aim of the index was to show that well-being did not have to be linked to high levels of consumption.
"It is clear that no single nation listed in the index has got everything right, but it does reveal patterns that show how we might better achieve long and happy lives for all while living within our environmental means,"
Latin American nations dominate the top 10 places in the index, while African and Eastern European nations fill most of the bottom 10.
"Over the last 50 years, living standards in the West have improved enormously but we have become no happier,"
Although Vanuatu tops the happiness index, it is ranked 207th out of 233 economies when measured against Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Several years ago, my brother finished his A-levels (18 years old) and took a gap year. He jumped on a plane bound for Vanuatu where he was going to teach English, Math and P.E to kids on the island of Tana.
Once he returned, he really was a changed man. His whole outlook on life had changed. He had different priorities and it made him a much better person. All he wants to do now is help people who need it most. He is great with kids and is now about to start his teacher training in the UK. Once he has finished that he has promised that he is going to go back to Tana.
Anyone else ever been to Vanuatu? Shared similar kinds of experiences as my brother did there?
Please don't turn this into a Zen100 type thread.