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(Un)Happy Planet Index

The (Un)Happy Plan­et Index is a fas­ci­nat­ing exam­i­na­tion of coun­tries’ eco­nom­ic and eco­log­i­cal foot­prints. Like much of social sci­ence, I’m not con­vinced that it shows any­thing con­crete­ly use­ful at all, but it does sati­ate my need for rank-order and self-exam­i­na­tion. Here is how they designed the study:

The Index doesn’t reveal the “hap­pi­est” coun­try in the world. It shows the rel­a­tive effi­cien­cy with which nations con­vert the planet’s nat­ur­al resources into long and hap­py lives for their cit­i­zens. The nations that top the Index aren’t the hap­pi­est places in the world, but the nations that score well show that achiev­ing, long, hap­py lives with­out over-stretch­ing the planet’s resources is possible.

And of course, I decid­ed to take their sur­vey and deter­mine my own HPI score (PDF):

Your per­son­al Hap­py Plan­et Index (HPI) is 26, which is sim­i­lar to that of Zam­bia, Cen­tral African Repub­lic or Belarus. Sor­ry to say that this is below the world aver­age of 46.

Christ. Appar­ent­ly my eco­log­i­cal foot­print wrecks my score, but then again that was the point of the study – the Amer­i­can lifestyle is f*cking up the world.


The Mastermind | Submissive Introvert Abstract Thinker

Appar­ent­ly, I’m the mas­ter­mind… a Sub­mis­sive Intro­vert Abstract Thinker…

Like just 9% of the pop­u­la­tion you are a MASTERMIND (SIAT). You can be silent and with­drawn, but behind your reserved exte­ri­or lies an active mind that allows you to ana­lyze sit­u­a­tions and come up with cre­ative, unex­pect­ed solu­tions. Nor­mal peo­ple call this “schem­ing.” Don’t learn German.

Any­way, your sense of style and orig­i­nal­i­ty are your strengths, and peo­ple will respect your judg­ment once they get to know you. If you learn to be a lit­tle more per­son­able, you could be a great leader—you’ve def­i­nite­ly got the “vision” thing down. Just make sure all the plot­ting you do behind those eyes of yours is healthy.

Famous mas­ter­minds in tele­vi­sion: Dr. Claw, The Scare­crow and Mrs. King, Mont­gomery Burns.