Happy Planet Index: Viet Nam Ranks 5th Overall & 2nd in Asia Pacific

Vietnam ranks fifth in the Happy Planet Index results, and second in the Asia Pacific region. This Southeast Asian country, characterised by its mountains and tropical forests, has a strikingly low Ecological Footprint and economic output per head almost 24 times smaller than nearby Hong Kong. Vietnam is one of just three countries in the … Continue reading Happy Planet Index: Viet Nam Ranks 5th Overall & 2nd in Asia Pacific

Vietnam Happier Than The U.S.? Morning Ramblings

Here’s a recent exchange on a Vietnam-related listserv of which I’m a member: Act I:  US-Based Vietnam Scholar (DF) Perhaps you have seen the feature in Time this week on happiness, which notes that in the (2012) World Happiness Report (PDF), published by the Earth Institute of Columbia University, the US ranks 23rd out of 50 countries, … Continue reading Vietnam Happier Than The U.S.? Morning Ramblings