June’s edition of Positive News – the world’s first positive newspaper, an oasis of good news to counteract headlines dominated by sensationalism – is out. It was very interesting to read about the United Nations calls for happiness-based economy, following a high-level UN meeting, the first of its kind, that took place in New York on 2 April 2012 and brought together more than 600 participants.

The event was organised after a UN resolution on happiness – which was co-sponsored by 68 countries — was adopted by consensus in July 2011. The ‘happiness resolution’ stated that gross domestic product (GDP) alone is not an adequate measure of human prosperity and that “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach is needed to promote sustainability, eradicate poverty, and enhance wellbeing.”

Another peace of good is the First World Happiness Report, commissioned for the UN conference. It shows how a new…

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