Vol. 2, Issue 10 (2015)
Contradictions between Happiness Index and Economic Development Index
Author(s): Manisha A. Mehrotra
Abstract: The duality in this world has brought us to that extent that whatever we are doing we are not contended. The economic competition has become the order of the day and that is causing serious conflicts in the society, family and individual lives .This paper aims in pointing out that even highest economic growth rates of the most developed states of the world are not sufficient to bring happiness and that is evident from the latest happiness reports of the UN. There is contradiction in the basic definition of growth and attainment of happiness as both are different dimensional facets of lives .One works at the physical level and other at the emotional and mental level .Therefore, it becomes imperative to bring a balance between the two so that human lives can become wholesome and happy at all levels. This has given rise to the new concept of Global Happiness Index which focuses on bringing a balance between Economic and Human Development Index with Happiness Index thereby, focusing on inner growth of soul consciousness with material and physical life abundance and bringing into a new era of global order where every human being will be self-sufficient, skilled and empowered to enjoy the richness of this human life in totality.