A commentary in Nature suggests that Americans could be happier than they are now with a lot less impact on the Earth — just like Costa Rica. And all we need is some good ol’ central planning.
Click for the commentary. Below is the chart that shows how inefficient we are at being happy. (Click to enlarge)
Also cracking us up is the article’s assertion:
In the United States, for example, earnings above US$75,000 don’t add much more happiness.
The footnoted study for that astonishing claim is Kahneman, D.& Deaton, A. “High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being,” Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 107, 16489–16493 (2010).
Consider yourself reminded that Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences hold themselves out as science journals.