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TEDxDanubia 2011 - Nic Marks - The Happiness Manifesto

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Published on Apr 12, 2011

Nic Marks thinks quality of life is measurable, and that true contentment comes not from the accumulation of material wealth but from our connections with others, engagement with the world, and a sense of autonomy. As the founder of the Centre for Well-Being, he is particularly keen to promote a balance between sustainable development and quality of life and in order to investigate this, he devised the Happy Planet Index, a global index of human well-being and environmental impact. The results made headlines. People in the world's wealthiest countries, who consume the most of the planet's resources, are not on the top of the list in terms of well-being, which raises the question: What purpose does unfettered economic growth serve?

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