“How do you define a better life?”
An intriguing question, yes?
One that I’d never put much thought to until I found the Create Your Better Life Index, a simple interactive tool, which helped me focus on what is important to me and how to prioritize it. Using this tool I realized that for me the topics that make life better are: community, education, safety, housing, jobs, health. I place much less emphasis on: environment, governance, work-life balance.
By evaluating my preferences, the Create Your Better Life Index told me that I belong in Canada. Or Australia. Or New Zealand.
Okay, I can see that.
I also learned that I absolutely don’t belong in Chile. Or Mexico. Or Turkey.
Well, no big surprise there.
And as for the USA? It turns out that it is my 11th perfect country to live in on earth. It follows seven northern European countries.
Hmmm. Didn’t see that one coming.
While I take the results of all online tools with a grain of salt, this one made me smile and reflect upon the fact that we are who we are– no matter where we live on the earth. Geography exerts its influence, but temperament trumps it more times than not.
[Added 06.06.11 – Check out this article from MSNBC: “US doesn’t make cut for happiest nations list” – More info re: top 10 happiest countries.]